Adult acne is much more common than we once thought
Acne is traditionally a skin problem associated with teenagers, but research reveals that acne is now dramatically on the rise among women in their 20s and 30s, resulting in adult acne.
According to clinical associate professor of dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center, Doris Day around 50 per cent of women suffer from acne at some point in their adult life.
Skin experts believe that an increase in the male hormone, testosterone, is the main cause. It creates an increase of sebum production — an oily/waxy substance produced by the sebaceous glands to lubricate the skin. An increase of sebum production can cause a build-up of oil and dead skin cells in hair follicle pores.
Bad skin bacteria enters the blocked pores causing redness and inflammation. In addition high consumption of junk food, excessive consumption of sugar, hormonal imbalances and stress are all thought to be contributing factors to the rise in adult acne. In the past it was thought that diet did not affect acne, but now dermatologists recognise that sugar-based foods can trigger acne.
The best adult acne solutions
The problem with many acne treatments is that they contain very strong antibacterial chemicals that often damage and dry out the healthy skin around the spot. Treating acne is a battle between eradicating the spots while not damaging normal skin. Below are some solutions that do not damage healthy skin.
1. Acne targeting serums
Silver is excellent for destroying the bacteria that causes acne. Clarol’s Silver Serum available at the Skin Shop is the first 'smart' anti-bacterial skin treatment. It contains a special silver ingredient that kills the bad bacteria while helping good skin bacteria.
2. Anti-Acne gadgets
No No Skin is a handheld gadget that directs light and heat energy deep into the skin to open pores, to soothe any inflammation and destroy the bacteria that leads to acne.
3. Acne fighting medications
Retin A, which is a derivative of Vitamin A, can help with acne as it increases the skin cell turnover promoting the extrusion of the plugged material in the follicle which causes a spot. Although, Retin A can only be used for limited periods of time. Retin A Gel and other medications targeted at fighting acne are available on prescription, consult with your GP to see which treatment will work for you.
4. Acne treating masks
Face masks are the best way of treating the whole face to prevent bad bacteria living on the skin’s surface. When choosing a face mask be sure to choose a gentle drying mask that includes natural minerals. Stay clear of harsh synthetic ingredients as this will only irritate and inflame the skin further.
Anti-Acne Yeast Face Masque costs £1.99 (30g). Available from www.skinshop.co.uk
5. Acne soothing cleansers
Buffing and exfoliating acne prone skin can be very beneficial. Cleansers or exfoliating brushes are an effective way to deep cleanse acne prone skin. Although ensure that you’re choosing a more gentle and less abrasive cleanser or brush to protect your skin.
Natural Adult Acne Managements with Skin Shop
If you would like more advice, or management creams - please get in touch with us at Skin Shop to see how we can help.