Adult Acne

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, some adults continue to get acne well into their 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s.  There is even a possibility that you can get acne for the first time as an adult.

As an adult, acne can be frustrating because the remedies you used as a teen are rendered useless or can even make your acne worse.  But, how do we determine whether the marks on our skin are acne or merely a blemish?

Blemishes, or pimples, can show up on your face, neck, chest, back and shoulders because these areas have the greatest number of oil glands.  The marks come and go with little or no treatment.  Acne, on the other hand, has a long term affect, requires treatment and if left untreated, may leave dark spots and permanent scars on the skin.

Women who are menopausal are more likely, than men of a similar age, to get what dermatologists call “adult-onset acne.”

Some other reasons for developing adult acne are:

  • Stress
  • Family history
  • Excessive use of hair and skin care products
  • Medication side effects
  • Undiagnosed medical conditions
  • Excessive consumption of carbohydrates
  • Excessive consumption of  dairy

There are many do it yourself remedies, but if nothing clears your adult acne, you should see a dermatologist.  With proper treatment and a great deal of patience, it can be controlled.

If you would like to have a consultation with a dermatologist, you can call the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center’s Ambulatory Care Center at 718-206-7001 for an appointment.


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