Understanding acne and just how to treat it
Acne is often associated with teenage years, but it can affect individuals of any age. Adult acne is a common skin condition that can be frustrating and distressing for those experiencing it.
Adult acne can be attributed to a combination of factors, including hormonal fluctuations, genetics, and lifestyle choices. Hormonal imbalances can trigger sebaceous gland activity, leading to increased oil production and clogged pores. Stress, poor diet, certain medications, and exposure to environmental pollutants can also contribute to the development of adult acne.
Adult acne can usually emerge at any point after age 25 and persist well into adulthood. The exact timing varies from person to person, but it is estimated that around 20% of adults experience acne. Some individuals may experience acne for the first time during adulthood, while others may have a recurrence of acne after years of clear skin.
Adult acne tends to differ from adolescent acne in several ways. Firstly, the distribution of lesions may vary. While teenagers typically experience acne on the forehead, nose, and chin (the "T-zone"), adults often experience breakouts on the lower face, jawline, and neck. Adult acne is also more likely to present as inflammatory acne, characterised by red, tender bumps, whereas younger individuals may have more non-inflammatory acne, such as blackheads and whiteheads.
Identifying and managing triggers can help prevent or minimize acne flare-ups. Some common triggers include:
When selecting skincare products for adult acne, keep an eye out for these beneficial ingredients:
a. Salicylic Acid: This beta-hydroxy acid exfoliates the skin, unclogs pores, and reduces inflammation.
b. Benzoyl Peroxide: It kills acne-causing bacteria, reduces excess oil production, and helps prevent clogged pores.
c. Retinoids: Derived from vitamin A, retinoids promote cell turnover, reduce inflammation, and prevent clogged pores.
d. Niacinamide: This ingredient helps regulate sebum production, reduces inflammation, and improves the skin's barrier function.
Fact: Acne is primarily influenced by hormonal factors and genetics. While proper hygiene is important, excessive washing or scrubbing can aggravate the skin.
Fact: Acne can have a significant impact on an individual's self-esteem and emotional well-being. Seeking appropriate treatment is important for both physical and mental health.
Fact: While some acne may resolve without treatment, others may persist or worsen. Early intervention and effective treatment can help prevent scarring and minimise long-term effects.
a. Avoid Picking or Squeezing: Picking at acne lesions can introduce bacteria, cause inflammation, and lead to scarring. Hands should be kept away from the face to prevent additional irritation.
b. Don't Overload on Products: Using too many acne treatments simultaneously can irritate the skin and worsen acne. Introduce new products one at a time and observe how your skin responds.
c. Stay Away from Harsh Ingredients: Harsh cleansers, alcohol-based toners, and abrasive scrubs can strip the skin's natural oils and disrupt the skin barrier, leading to increased oil production and inflammation.
D. Don’t let it stop you: Whether your acne is temporary or more stubborn to treatment, you should never let it stop you from accepting yourself and having fun. Our Renude aestheticians will support you along your skincare journey, but there are many places to turn to for further support or motivation! We are loving skin ambassadors like @spottylittlething and @jessyoga who truly embrace and love the skin they're in.
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