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Acne in Adult Women and Their Treatment!

Dr. Pankaj Chaturvedi 86% (19 ratings)
MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Delhi  •  13 years experience
Acne in Adult Women and Their Treatment!

Pimples are typically associated with one’s teenage years. However, many women find themselves dealing with acne breakouts right up to menopause. Adult acne is becoming an increasingly common condition that affects women between the ages of 25 and 50. Like the pimples that affect young girls, adult acne can also be triggered by many different factors. This condition can be treated but in order to do so, it is essential to understand the factors triggering it.

Hormonal Fluctuation
As a woman’s menstrual cycle progresses, the levels of estrogen, progestin, and androgens in her body fluctuate. A painful cyst around the chin, neck or back can be the result of this fluctuation. These breakouts tend to resolve themselves as the menstrual cycles wanes. If you suffer from severe adult acne, you may need to ask your dermatologist for medication such as oral contraceptives that can manipulate hormone fluctuation.

Stress
Stress not only affects your mental health but also affects your skin. Stress causes the adrenal gland responsible for the production of cortisol to increase production. One of the side effects of this increased production is an increased amount of testosterone in the body. This causes the oil glands to secrete more oil. The higher the oil content of your skin, the higher your risk of having an acne breakout. Meditation and exercise can help curb stress and keep your skin clearer.

Wrong Cleaning Technique
Washing your face too often can dry the skin and trigger an overproduction of oil thus leading to acne. Similarly, using the wrong products like an oil-based moisturizer for normal skin can clog your pores. Using a very coarse cleanser can also promote adult acne. Hence, limit yourself to washing your face twice a day with a mild face wash. Choose water-based makeup and creams. Look for products that contain salicylic acid and glycolic acid.

In addition, here are a few ways to relieve the symptoms of adult acne.

  1. Topical application of retinol can reduce the intensity of acne. However, this may be harsh on sensitive skin.
  2. For spot treatment, look for products with benzoyl peroxide.
  3. Natural substances like tea tree oil can help control moderate acne breakouts. This can be used as a soap to wash your face or as a topical applicant.
  4. Reducing your consumption of salt, milk and processed food can also help reduce acne.

Last but not the least; do not ever try to pick a pimple. Painful zits may need to be drained but this should not be attempted at home.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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