Adult acne is an inflammatory disease of the sebaceous gland and hair follicles of the skin that is marked by the eruption of pimples or pustules, especially on the face.
This may include a new onset of acne, usually in women between the ages of 25 and 35, or could be a continuation of teenage acne into adulthood.
Read here to see common causes of acne in adults.
In women aged 25-35, the distribution is usually along the jawline, and sometimes down the neck, whereas teenagers often find it n the forehead, cheeks, chest and back. They have the identical pathogenesis, but – for women – hormones do tend to play a bigger part. The pathogenesis includes inflammation, abnormal keratinisation, colonisation with Propionibacterium acnes, and sebum products by enlarged sebaceous glands that are under hormonal influence – especially with androgens or male-sex hormones.
Here are a few spot-on home remedies for this condition.
You would treat adults the same way as you would teenagers. But, since there is hormonal influence, treatments such as Roacutane or using the Pill are favoured. First treat your acne, then treat the anti-aging. But products such as Neostrata’s Sheer Hydrate have neoglucosamine, which is anti-aging and anti-acne.
This article was written by Dr Noori Moti-Joosub. She is a dermatologist at Laserderm in Dunkeld. Shortly after qualifiying as a medical doctor, Dr Nooren Moti-Joosub started her dermatology registrar under the expert guidance of her mentor Professor Joy Schulz. It was here that she undertook intensive dermatology training by being exposed to a wide variety of skin ailments. Read her full biography here.