Acne Breakouts At Any Age
As many adults have experienced, the onset of acne is not just reserved for the young, many of us, even in later years experience breakouts of spots, rashes and skin irritation. Some of us experience acne for the first time into our 40’s.
It is estimated that around 40% of women and somewhere around 20% of men experience acne breakouts to a varying degree.
Why Do Women Suffer More
This is generally because of the fact that they use cosmetics which could potentially clog or block pores causing the bacteria that causes Acne to thrive and grow.
Other Causes Of Adult Acne
Alongside cosmetics, hormones play a major part in the onset of acne, certain hormones can affect the production of sebum (the skins natural oil) excess levels clog and block pores causing the pores to become infected causing the redness and spots that are classic signs of acne.
Acne can also be caused or aggravated by the environment and lifestyle, in particular smoking. Everyday pollution can block the pores, I the workplace, dirt and dust and even chemicals that we get exposed too during our work can initiate breakouts.
Smoking can lead to acne breakouts, the pollutants in the smoke can affect the skin, irritating and blocking the pores.
How To Treat Acne
Severe cases are often treated by doctors using antibiotics that help to clear the acne causing bacteria. The general rule is to try and minimise the effect of any pollutants by cleansing your skin daily using gentle natural based cleansers, avoid purely chemical based products that can be harsh and drying on the skin.
The older skin tends to be more sensitive than someone in their teenage years, so treat it with respect, be gentle, using natural, oil free lotions along with good quality sunscreens that will protect your skin without causing any clogging.
Products that contain Salicylic and Azelaic acids along with tea tree oil and liquorice are excellent at killing bacteria, and gently cleanse acne prone skin.
Acne does not have to be a constant thorn in your side, there are some quite excellent products that are suitable for not just the older skin, but all skin types of all ages. Try and use a product that uses all, if not some natural products that are gentle yet highly effective at reducing even the most severe cases of acne.