Monday, December 12, 2011

Dr. Patrica Farris on Adult Acne: Why It Occurs, How To Treat It

I suffer from Adult Acne.  I suffered from acne as a teen and suffered through my 20's, 30's and now I guess I'll still be muddling through my 40's.  It's no fun and if you have Adult Acne you already know that.  My dermatologist says I'll be grateful for my oily skin when I'm older since it will help keep the wrinkles away.  I say it's a very long wait.

Anyone dealing with Adult Acne wants answers.  Answers on how did they get it?  Why did they get it and of course when will it stop?  I stumbled across Dr. Patricia Farris, a board certified Dermatologist, discussing this topic on Opal Stevens.com , a beauty blog I follow.

Dr. Patrica Farris on Adult Acne: Why It Occurs, How To Treat It

"Is adult acne any different than the acne you would get as a teenager?

Acne is different in adults. It is not in the t-zone but instead tends to be around the jawline or hairline...so a more peripheral pattern. The skin is not oily in adults so it is hard to treat adult patients with the same medications we use in teens since these meds tend to dry the skin.

Is adult acne more common in men or women?

Adult acne is more common in women than men. Men get acne as teens and then in general grow out of it. Women also have acne as teens but then some continue to have it as adults. Women have so many hormonal fluctuations during their life that causes acne. They get acne with their periods, during pregnancy or after pregnancy and even at menopause. Women also seem to be very susceptible to stress induced acne which of course is also caused by hormones.

How is adult acne treated?

I see a lot of women who are very frustrated with adult acne who complain of getting cysts every month right before their periods. I call this type of acne "cyclic cystic acne." They get one or two big cysts on the chin and they take forever to heal and of course then they get the next crop of cysts. To treat this type of acne we use oral antibiotics, topical retinoids and a gentle cleanse with glycolic or salicylic acid. I like combination products in adults because they can use the medications at night and wear their make-up during the day. Combination products may have topical antibiotics and benzoyl peroxide or a retinoid plus topical antibiotic or retinoid and benzoyl peroxide." Opal Stevens.com

It's sort of a relief knowing I'm not the only one but it doesn't bring much comfort. I would much rather not dealing with it at all but at least I know there is some light at the end of the Adult Acne tunnel....Death.  No, I'm kidding.  I need to reduce my stress and also understand my hormones have a lot to do with this.

I also wanted to give a head's up of my new product review I'll be posting on the Murad line, Acne and Aging that I'm using and loving right now.  It will be up tomorrow and thought this would be a great for many of the Older Naturals out there suffering from Adult Acne an worried about wrinkles.  

Stay beautiful Naturals,

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