Most people are affected by acne during their teenage years. However, some people continue to have acne during adulthood. Some people even experience acne for the first time during adulthood. What exactly are the particular causes of adult acne that they tend to appear later in life?
How Acne Develops
Acne develops when the hair follicles or the pores in the skin are blocked by sebum produced in the skin. Major hormonal changes in the body occur during puberty and our teenage years. It is therefore in this times that more sebum on the skin is produced, and increasing the chances of blocked pores and bacterial infection that results to the appearance of these tiny red bumps we often call ‘pimples.’
Adult acne can be severe in nature characterized by hard bumps or those larger pus-filled bumps called cysts, and it can be itchy or painful, although some may just be less severe. Most often, it appears on the face, the neck or at the back of the neck. At times it can also appear on the shoulders and chest. Because this type of acne can have lesions that are severe, it can also lead to scarring.
The Causes of Adult Acne
Acne can occur even when you are in your 30’s, 40’s or even beyond that. Even women at menopausal stage still experience acne. Adult acne may also be misdiagnosed sometimes. Some develop this type of acne because of some underlying conditions. It is said that adult acne is often difficult to treat than those emerging during the puberty, thus it is always advisable therefore to see a dermatologist when you think your skin condition is getting worst.
The causes of adult acne differ from person to person. The possible causes of adult acne, especially if it appears for the first time during adulthood may be hormonal, or it could also be a sign of another kind of disorder of the body. In some cases, pregnant women develop acne due to hormonal changes. Some women may even notice the occurrence of this skin problem when they start or stop using birth control pills. Some people with polycystic ovary syndrome are known to show signs of this skin condition as well.
Acne may also be worsen by the use of pore-clogging makeup and direct exposure to sunlight. Rubbing, scrubbing or picking on those skin lesions can also worsen your skin condition.
Certain drugs are also said to cause this skin condition. Even tight clothing and constant friction from things can also irritate the skin and can be causes of adult acne.
Although there are so many acne medications available in the market, this type of acne can be a little different case. Mild to moderate cases may be taken cared of by natural or over-the-counter treatments, but if you think you have a severe case and you have other medical conditions, it is always wise to see a medical expert. When adult acne is severe, it is said to take longer treatment time, which may take months to years.