Have you ever wondered why your teen years are far behind you, but you're still getting pimples?
Dermatologist and co-chair of All About Acne, Dr JoAnn See, says that 25 per cent of acne cases actually start post adolescent (from the age of 20 onwards) - and it's becoming more common.
"An extensive survey carried out on a total of 1,013 men and women showed that the prevalence of acne was 50.9 per cent, 35.2 per cent, 26.3 per cent, and 15.3 per cent among women aged 20 to 29 years, 30 to 39 years, 40 to 49 years, and 50 years and older, respectively," she reveals.
Dr See reveals possible causes of adult acne and how to treat it.
What is adult acne?
Dr See says that while adult acne can look the same, it's often more resistant to treatment in comparison to pimples that appear in your youth.
Why do adults still get acne?
There are many reasons why you may be having skin dramas in your adult years, Dr see explains. Triggers can range from hormonal imbalances such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, to insulin resistance, and even genetics such as family history and stress.
"Frustratingly, despite modern science, many people believe that poor hygiene is a cause," she adds. "We all know that washing your face twice a day is not the only way to fix acne."
Instead, Dr See says that sometimes overzealous cleaning can make the situation worse.
"Acne is often inflammatory and some acne treatments can be irritating, so a cleanser and moisturiser that can be partnered with medical treatment is recommended. Pollution may play a role in skin inflammation, too."
How can we best treat it?
Despite thinking that you have to instantly attack your acne, Dr See says that a gentle skincare regime and decreasing stress is a much better option.
"The key is a consistent skincare regime (and remember to always have clean skin when you apply topical acne treatments)," she says. "As we head into the cooler winter months, I would advise acne sufferers to use a slightly heavier moisturiser as the barrier of your skin may be compromised by the weather, avoid using scrubs and exfoliating products as much, and don’t spend too long in a hot shower."
Also, Dr See adds that La Roche-Posay has just launched the EFFACLAR SPOTSCAN, which is designed to help diagnose and address acne-prone skin from the comfort of your own couch. The easy to use tool simply requires you to take a photo of your face and then it reviews and suggests a skincare regime tailored to your trouble spots.
If a medical treatment is needed, Dr See says that anti-androgen treatments such as oral spironolactone or the oral contraceptive can be very helpful.