Adult acne is another type of acne vulgaris that affects 25% of adult men and 50% of adult women over 30 all the way up to their 50s. It is possible that those who had no problems with acne during puberty have found that they are having acne breakouts with the same negative effects on a man or woman as teenage acne, probably even more because of stress caused by every day obligations.
If it appears for the first time in adulthood it should be investigated to find out what are the main factors.
Here are 6 major causes of adult acne.
Anabolic steroids, anti-epileptic medications, anti–tuberculosis drugs (rifampin and isoniazid), lithium and 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 or even 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 such as those present during pregnancy, menstruation and menopause can also produce adult acne.
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 acne 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.
Considering that adult acne could be difficult to treat it is highly recommended to visit qualified doctor or experienced dermatologist. You will not only determine severity of your acne but also find the adequate treatment.