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Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Consultant Dermatologist Dr Catherine Borysiewicz was featured in the Mirror, giving her advice on dealing with adult acne, which affects a high percentage of adults in their 30s, 40s and 50s.
Adult acne can be a problem that has persisted, following onset during teenage years, but it can also start as a completely new skin problem.
Data suggests women are more frequently affected by adult acne compared with men. The exact reason for this is unknown, but is thought to be related to fluctuating hormone levels: during periods or from birth control pills, and also during and following pregnancy. Genes also play an important role and it’s not uncommon for there to be a significant family history of acne in close relatives. The role of stress is also becoming more apparent. “At times of stress, the body naturally produces more androgens which stimulate oil glands and hair follicles in the skin,” says Dr Borysiewicz.
There’s a great selection of products on the market that help treat mild acne. These products contain salicylic acid, glycolic acid, tea tree oil and benzoyl peroxide. They all have slightly different modes of action from increasing turnover of the top dead layers of the skin to unclog pores, to blitzing bacteria. Everyone’s skin will respond in a slightly different way to each of these approaches and getting the right product for you can make a big difference. However, if you are not seeing any improvement don’t ignore the problem. It is important to seek medical help from your GP or dermatologist and do this before scarring occurs.
As adult onset acne tends to be more resistant to treatment and carries a significant risk of post-inflammatory marks and scarring, the treatment approach often requires stronger treatments, which can be prescribed by a dermatologist.
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