If you suffer from adult acne, you are not alone. Clinical studies indicate between 40-50% of the adult population in the 20-40 age group has been diagnosed with low grade, persistent acne and oily skin with the main trigger identified as chronic stress.
Whilst acne is associated with teenage years, filled with raging hormones and the struggle for social acceptance, many adults are finding themselves caught in the middle of an acne epidemic
Balancing personal and professional responsibilities makes this generation of adults the most time compressed generation in history with the constant, continued and heightened level of stress that throws our adrenal glands into overdrive, which in turn can boost sebum production, setting the stage for acne development.
Once there’s a boost in sebum production, the cascade of events leading to breakouts begins: oil appears on the skin’s surface and acts as a binder, creating a mixture of oil and cells that blocks oxygen from entering the pores. The lack of oxygen creates the ultimate breeding ground for bacteria which leads to swelling, redness and inflammation around the follicle, resulting in acne.
Adult cases of acne are often more persistent and more inflammatory than teenage cases. Adult acne is often accompanied by skin sensitization or a combination of skin conditions, which makes treatment more challenging. Professional treatments and prescriptive products will successfully treat this skin condition so don’t be tempted to turn to teen acne remedies as adult acne is more complex and will need specific products to break the cascade of events that leads to this skin condition.
Other areas to take into consideration are diet, lifestyle and make up which all impact on how healthy your skin is.