Adult Acne… How do you know which kind you have??
We all thought if we could power through our teens and the dreaded breakouts that came from time to time, we could end up on the other side with a life time of glowing acne free, clear skin. But your teens turned into your 20’s and then your 30’s…. Surely puberty has come and gone, so WHY is this happening?? Well there are a few possibilities why. And to improve your complexion from this stubborn ailment, we must first understand why we are suffering from it in the first place.
So today we are going to discuss Adult Acne vs. Hormonal Acne
Adult acne, or post-adolescent acne, is acne that occurs after age 25. For the most part, the same factors that cause acne in adolescents are at play in adult acne. The four factors that directly contribute to acne are: excess oil production, pores becoming clogged by “sticky” skin cells, bacteria, and inflammation.
There are also some indirect factors that contribute such as:
Now let’s talk about hormonal acne:
This CAN occasionally go hand in hand with adult acne, especially for women when it comes to female hormones related to menstrual cycle.
During puberty, hormonal acne often appears in the T-zone. This includes your forehead, nose, and chin.
Hormonal adult acne typically forms on the lower part of your face. This includes the bottom of your cheeks and around your jawline.
For some people, hormonal acne takes the form of blackheads, whiteheads, and small pimples that come to a head, or cysts.
Cysts form deep under the skin and don’t come to a head on the surface. These bumps are often tender to the touch.
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A new ailment to add to these pandemic-times…. MASKNE!
What is it? Mask acne (aka maskne) is a real thing, and it’s plaguing a lot of us wearing masks on our faces everyday for work, errand running, and day to day outings. It is especially stubborn and relentless during these hot summer months. Breakouts and blemishes are happening on our faces along the areas where the protective material is sitting on our face, by trapping dirt, oil, and sweat. But the solution is not to stop wearing that mask! It’s imperative to protect yourselves and others during these times. What you CAN do is take some steps to minimize the not so fun side effects of facial coverings.