Does acne behave differently as we age?
Most people will deal with acne at one point or another during their lifetime. Whether it’s in the awkward teenage years, or later on as an adult there is typically no escape from this common skin condition.
In the teenage years, acne can is usually more prevalent due to fluctuations in hormones brought upon by puberty. These hormonal changes can bring increases in oily skin and hair – which can easily clog pores and cause blackheads, whiteheads, and even the deeper, more difficult type of acne.
The acne appearing in the teenage years tends to develop more around the forehead and nose region whereas in adults, acne is typically found on the lower part of the face. Many people tend to touch the face around the mouth and the jawline, and this can transfer bacteria and dirt onto the skin, which can clog the pores and cause breakouts.
Treatment plans can differ between the teenage years and adulthood, so what you might have used as a teenager may not be the best solution for your adult skin. In the younger years, over the counter products – many containing salicylic acid and benzyl peroxide were available and widely used to help keep the skin clear. These treatments can be highly irritable to the skin, and dermatologists will typically utilize a different treatment plan as you age. Adult tends also to be deeper and may require a system of treatment.
Your options might include:
-Follicle cleansing creams containing retinol from Vitamin A
-Antibiotics that can be applied directly to the skin
-Hormonal regulatory prescriptions that will help restore balance to the body
-Anti-inflammatory medicines along with antibiotics that can be taken orally
Although there are therapies available to the public that include the use of lasers and other light sources, these can be irritating to the skin, painful, and in severe cases can cause scarring.