Most people tend to think acne is a puberty problem that simply goes away once they’re past that stage of their life. But the fact of the matter is that acne can affect your skin and your self-confidence even as an adult.
Here at Stoll Dermatology in Beverly Hills, renowned dermatologist Dr. David Stoll understands how troublesome adult acne can disrupt your skin and your life at the most inconvenient times. He offers solutions to this common condition so you can improve your skin health and feel good about your appearance at any age.
Read on to learn the common causes of adult acne and some effective solutions.
Excess oil and bacteria are the cause of acne at any age
As far as adult acne goes, the cause is the same as it is for teenagers: excess oil and bacteria on the surface of your skin. And just as hormones are to blame during puberty, hormonal changes during adulthood can also trigger this excess buildup of oil on your skin.
For women, adult hormonal fluctuations occur during:
- Monthly periods
- Perimenopause and menopause
- The use of hormonal birth control methods
Adult acne is more common in women, with more than half of women over 25 years old dealing with this annoying skin condition. But both men and women may experience acne breakouts as a result of stress.
In addition to hormonal changes and stress, genetics and skin care products may also lead to acne breakouts in adults.
Other contributing factors that lead to adult acne include:
- Certain medications
- A diet high in carbohydrates and sugar
- Washing your face too much and too harshly
- Not exfoliating your skin enough
- An underlying medical condition
- Facial hair removal products and techniques that irritate the hair follicle
- Change in weather and environment
The bottom line is, whatever triggers a breakout, it causes your body to produce excess oil and bacteria that clog your pores and form acne pimples.
Treat the underlying cause of acne to minimize surface symptoms
Treating adult acne may be as simple as using over-the-counter acne products, but if your acne becomes severe or recurrent, Dr. Stoll and the team at Stoll Dermatology can help.
First, consider making changes to your diet. Do you drink a lot of sugary drinks like soda? Do you eat a diet high in carbohydrates?
Foods with a high glycemic index spike insulin levels. This leads to a burst of inflammation throughout your body that may also contribute to an increase in skin oil production that clogs your follicles and worsens your complexion. If your diet is an underlying contributor to acne breakouts, eating healthier foods may help prevent future breakouts.
The same applies to managing stress. If you’re the type of person who is regularly stressed at work or as a result of your daily family obligations and busy schedule, find a way to manage your stress so you can minimize sudden acne breakouts. Stress causes a surge in hormones, which causes your skin to produce more oil, which often leads to pimples.
If stress is one of your underlying factors for adult acne, learn how to meditate, take a walk, practice yoga, or any other method that helps you decrease stress hormones.
Professional solutions for the surface of your skin
As an adult acne sufferer, you undoubtedly want to get rid of the outward signs of acne as soon as possible. So while you’re making long-term changes to minimize acne breakouts, Dr. Stoll can help you find the right skin care products to manage oily skin and minimize clogged pores.
You can also see us at Stoll Dermatology for professional skin care treatments that address acne pimples, irritation, and scarring.
Customized in-office acne treatments include:
- Chemical peels
- Laser and light therapies
- Steroid injections
Depending on your type of acne and overall skin health, Dr. Stoll creates an individualized treatment plan that works best for you. You don’t have to live with adult acne or rely on makeup to cover up pimples. Find a real, long-term, effective solution so you can focus on your life instead of your pimples.
Call or click online to request an appointment with Dr. Stoll and the caring medical team at Stoll Dermatology today.