Let's Tackle Adult Acne Together!

acneIf acne was a normal part of your teenage years, you may have patiently waited for adulthood with the unspoken belief that, once hormones settled in and the stress of high school was over, your skin would miraculously become "adult-like," as well. Who wouldn't want this? We don't want to bring our childhood into our adult life, but this is exactly what may happen when acne is an ongoing issue. Here, let's look at a few reasons why adult acne may occur (even if you didn't have acne as a teen) and what can be done to promote healthy, clear skin.

Stress and Hormones

Two of the most important factors in adult acne actually go hand-in-hand: hormones and stress. Here's how they work synergistically . . . Hormones, on their own, will fluctuate week by week (in the female body). It is not only female hormones, but male hormones, that can instigate increased oil on the skin, which then triggers acne. Androgens are also released right along with cortisol, aka the "stress hormone."

What to Do

Some women find that taking an oral contraceptive enables them to clear acne more easily. As far as stress goes, we can all benefit from a few simple stress-reducing practices. You need not sit at the water's edge for hours on end, or even learn to stand on your head. Stress management takes a variety of forms. Your job is to find what helps you feel lighter and less frazzled.

Skin Care

As a logical response to the formation of cysts, pimples, and blackheads, many people head straight to the beauty aisle in search of a good face wash and spot treatment. Yes, it is necessary to cleanse red, irritated skin. Spot treatments for pimples is also a must. However, it is also crucial to identify and implement the right product and the right technique for your stressed-out skin.

What to Do

Really, the best thing to do to get quick results with acne treatment is to see your dermatologist. The extensive training that your doctor has will enable you to collaborate on products and treatments that will inhibit oil production or bacteria while also decreasing the risk of temporary hyperpigmentation or permanent scarring.

Patients of Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center have a variety of treatment options to help them resolve acne and maintain glowing skin. Contact us for personal attention for your dermatologic concerns.

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