Let’s skip all the introduction and get started with the causes of acne. The reason why it’s known as common acne is just that! Everyone has had an acne problem at one time or another.
How Acne Begins and Ends
Acne begins and ends with sebum. The oily liquid produced by the body’s sebaceous glands. Accumulates in the pore openings of hair follicles and clog them like crazy. If these openings are large, then blackheads are born.
Miniscule bumps form as whiteheads. If these openings are small but either way, they can both grow into inflammations that swell. It also forms deeper nodules, catches an infection, and get filled with pus in severe cases. No excess sebum equals no clogged pores, thus, no pimples.
Myths and Facts
Called the adolescent’s curse, a 20% occurrence of acne in adults over 30 has been reported.
The teenage boy tends to have more acne, bigger sized-ones that stay longer than their female counterpart. This is because men produce more testosterone. This hormone sends a stronger signal to the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum. Besides hormones, heredity is also known as the acne factor.
Then again, myths, like eating peanuts or chocolate, uncontrolled sex drive! Also, eating greasy or fried foods, are not only wrong but hilariously wrong. Scrubbing your face like crazy, popping pimples, and lathering up on oatmeal and honey will not make pimples disappear either.
Other Triggers of Acne
Some women who take oral contraceptives, intra-uterine devices or IUD, and injectable solutions get acne. But some who take the same types of birth control don’t. Steroids like those taken by athletes and bodybuilders have also been shown to result in severe cases of acne.
If you went through your teenage years with nary a pimple, don’t be too sure you won’t get it now that you’re a 40-something adult. There’s such a thing as “persistent” adult acne as long as your sebaceous glands are producing excessive sebum. And don’t forget this: acne will not go away of its own accord.
Dealing with Adult Acne
Just because you’re all grown up now and saw a few zits on the sides of your nose this morning when you woke up doesn’t mean you’re going to ignore them.
Well, sorry to burst your bubble, but acne is acne, and it does the same havoc to your skin whether you’re 16 or 46.
Tanning, by the way, can help hide some of the acne but not if they have already caused scarring on your face. Tanning will worsen your condition by drying out your skin resulting in premature wrinkling. You can’t have acne and wrinkles at the same time, now, can you?
Topical retinoids help reduce sebum production and prevent dead cells from clogging pores of hair follicles. Adapalene and tretinoin are examples of topical retinoids which you can use to treat this skin condition.