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Having acne can be no small problem for many people. While it seems to go away, or at least lessen considerably, for most people when they get into their 20s, many adults find themselves dealing with acne the rest of their lives. You can leave the house in the morning, feeling pretty good about your looks, then a trip to the bathroom in mid-afternoon shows new breakouts. Depending on the severity of the adult acne, it can be embarrassing and even affect people’s social lives. The good news is that there are products and steps you can take that will help considerably.

Sources of adult acne – Although there can be many factors involved, such as the sun, smoking, stress, and diet; the basic cause is an oily substance created by the sebaceous glands called sebum. It clogs the pores, resulting in inflammation due to the bacteria that’s formed. Hypersensitivity to certain products, as well as some foods, can also cause adult acne. For others it’s the result of a hormonal imbalance.

How to treat adult acne – As we age our skin tends to become more dry, not near as oily as it was when we were young. And though some of the products you may have used when you were younger can still be helpful, most adults need to take a different approach. Most people are able to find ways that make a significant difference, with the following options being a few of them:

• Facial cleansers – Try products that contain aquanil and cataphyll; they tend to work better for adults as they aren’t as harsh as some of the facial cleansers that teens use.

• Creams – With very few exceptions, you should be able to find an over-the-counter product that works. Benzoyl peroxide is known to kill bacteria and help quickly control the breakouts that are prone to happen from time to time. Certain products can help make sure you don’t get any kind of discoloration on your face, such as those that contain salicylic acid and/or glycolic acid. Retinol solutions are also known to help cleanse pores and even reduce fine lines.

• Prescriptions – If you’ve found that the facial cleansers and creams aren’t giving you the results you want, you may need to make an appointment to see a qualified physician, usually a dermatologist. After examining you, they may prescribe pills or possibly a topical treatment. Antioxidants such as clindamycin and tetracycline are known to get rid of bacteria in the skin.

• Laser treatments – Though this approach can be a little costly, for those who feel they’ve exhausted all their options, laser treatments are known to be very effective in killing bacteria and getting rid of the scarred look that acne can cause.

There is little doubt that you can find an acceptable way to deal with adult acne. Sometimes it’s a process of elimination until you find what works best for you. But with rare exception, you’ll get there.

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