Alomost 80 percent of all teenagers develop acne, but the disease may also start as late as age 25 or 30, particularly in women.
Acne in Adults – Just when you thought your “bad skin” days were over,adult acne strikes. Just when you’ve successfully navigated the ravages of adolescence on your skin, you wake up and find acne.
CAUSE AND EFFECT
Acne is not caused by poor hygiene! (But good hygiene can reduce the effects) This particular myth makes some teenagers feel “dirty” but whilst acne is a skin disease, it is not infectious. Taking good care of skin can help control the symptoms and lessen the chance of scarring.
This may seem difficult at first, but remember these 3 things –
• It has very high rewards
• It gets easy pretty quickly and
• It costs much less than anything else you try.
Healthy food choices are still very convenient; think about ready-made sandwiches, sushi rolls, salads, fruit and water.
Almost all acne is hormonally related, this is why it is worst during teenage years, but for some women with hormonal imbalances, acne can continue through much of their child-bearing years.
If acne appears in your late twenties however, it is probably due to food sensitivity so check that out with a naturopath or physician. Usually it is salicylates that are a problem. These are a naturally-occurring group of chemicals which are very similar to aspirin, so the simple test is – if aspirin makes your symptoms worse, and then you would probably do well on a low-salicylate diet. This involves way too many foods to include here but the information is easy to find.
HOW DO I DECIDE WHAT TO USE?
It is best to discuss with your pharmacist which option suits you individually rather than just choose something off the shelf for yourself. This is because each type will have benefits and also some side-effects that you need to know about; for example, you may not be able to go out in the sun. You don’t want to be wasting your money or purchasing something that may make your face worse. You may also need something more, such as a medicated cream to apply after washing your face and your pharmacist can suggest this or refer you to your doctor if a prescription is needed.
Treatment of Acne
There is a myriad of products sold for the treatment of acne, many of them without any scientifically proven effects.
The primary products used to treat acne are a pharmaceutical grade glycolic acid solution and a topical antibiotic. By applying a chemical solution to the skin, known as a chemical peel, mild scarring and certain types of acne may be treated.
Non-prescription medications are available over the counter to treat mild forms of acne. Topical antibiotics are commonly used in the treatment of acne and are often prescribed along with retinoid or benzyl peroxide. Topical retinoid are used in the treatment of both inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne.