What Causes Adult Acne

What Causes Adult Acne?

What Causes Adult AcneAdult acne is another type of acne vulgaris that affects 25% of adult men and 50% of adult women over 30 to their 50s. It is possible that those who had no problems with acne during puberty have problem with acne breakouts as adults. The same negative effects can occur both on a man or woman as if it is a teenage acne. Probably even more because of the stress caused by every day obligations. What causes adult acne is no mystery and some causes can be found here.

So what causes adult acne?

1. Medication

Anabolic steroids, anti-epileptic medications, antituberculosis drugs (rifampin and isoniazid), lithium. Basically all medications that contain iodine can stimulate acne growth.

2. Physical pressure on the skin

Pressure against the skin while wearing a helmet or carrying a backpack can cause acne breakouts.

3. Chlorinated industrial chemicals

Working in certain types of industrial environments can lead to acne-like symptoms. It can also cause chloracne, an occupational skin disorder caused by continuous exposure to chemicals like chlorinated dioxins.

4. Hormonal changes

The rise and fall of levels of hormones, estrogen and progesterone in woman`s body can lead to acne. Periods such as pregnancy, menstruation and menopause.

5. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

This is the most common female disorder caused by substantial hormone fluctuations. Also known  as Ovarian hyperthecosis it affects 5% to 10% of women in their reproductive age (between 12 and 45 years old). Because of increased androgen activity that causes the overproduction of sebum, acne is almost always present as a side effect. Using the right medicine for the PCOS  usually helps to cure acne as well.

6. The lack of information and insufficient treatment

Well, this speaks for itself. If you did not deal with your acne the right way with proper treatment during puberty it could last throughout your adulthood.

In case your adult acne is difficult to treat you should definitely visit qualified doctor or experienced dermatologist. You will not only determine severity of your acne but also find the adequate treatment.


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