Thursday, July 12, 2007

Adult Acne .......WTH ?

Adult acne (AKA Good Times)

Statistics

Adult acne affects 25% of all adult men and 50% of adult women at some time in their adult lives. These are the official statistics, but I personally don't know many adults who have not had a zit or two in their adult lives. People can develop unpleasant acne or have an acne recurrence in their 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond. It can be difficult to cope with no matter your age, and can cause depression and social anxiety in an adult the same way it can in a teen.

Causes of adult acne

Although the causes of adult acne are unknown, it is thought that adult acne may sometimes have hormonal roots. The appropriate adult pimple treatment may involve getting your hormones in check which requires a trip to your doctor.

Treatment of adult acne There are many adult acne products, however, in my experience, the overall best treatment for adult acne is identical to the best treatment for teen acne, benzoyl peroxide.


Not so uncommon

It is important to realize that adult acne is more common than people may think, and adult sufferers are not alone. If you are troubled by adult onset acne, promptly consult your doctor.

Okay so WHEW!!!!!!! I'm not alone in my adult acne issues. But seriously I'm 39 and still dealing with this ? I'm done with this. They can just go away. Especially the "underground" ones. You know exactly what I'm talking about don't you? If you bump them or hit them just right the tears start in your eyes and you have to lay down for a minute to control yourself.

Do you know how embarrassing it is to be buying Noxema at Wal Mart and it's not for your 12 year old but for you ? No matter how fancy you package the "zit cream" it's still zip creme.......no matter if you order it from Sephora or Acne.com !

Anyone else out there ? Come on and be honest.....I know I'm not all alone....am I ?

10 comments:

bertamom said...

Ok Steph - this is the FIRST time I've commented on your blog - and no, you are NOT alone in your acne struggles! I developed rosacea when I was preg. with Laura -- 16 years ago!! And I still have those random breakouts - usually right before my period. AND I'M 50 YEARS OLD!! Not much solace, I'm afraid - but Neutrogena Rapid Clear works WONDERS!

3boysmom said...

I'm right there with ya! NEVER had acne until I got pregnanat with Jake! It makes no sense...I never took care of my skin, slept in my makeup and ate crap when I was young....now I do try and take care of my skin, never sleep in my makeup (I guess I still eat crap) and always breakout!! UGH! Stress perhaps?!?! LOL!

Dreamin' of Paradise said...

Count me in too, Steph. Mine have become worse as i've gotten older. Definitely a hormonal relationship. I know I'm about 10 days away from the dreaded monthly when the lil' buggers make their appearance. Sucks!

Gretchen said...

Me too - not until after DD was born did it develop! The only thing that worked for me was Retin-a / minocycline combo. Good luck!

Lorraine said...

Something to be said about getting older. I'm totally not loving the acne phase. they are so big and painful that they leave scars. Maybe I should revert back to my teenage years when I slept in my makeup & never had acne.

Vicki said...

Jimmy likes to refer to mine as my cousins from Minnisota! Go figure!
Hope all you potions work!

Drive Fast, Take Chances said...

Ya think they call me pizza face fer nuthin?

Anonymous said...

okay...ick.
Hey...you know I am a "bright sider" kinda girl, right?
My thoughts are, "atleast they aren't on your ass!" LOL! You now have a half full cup of lemons! :-)
Kisses, Sonja

jillian said...

Isotretinoin (the generic name for accutane) is used to treat the most severe and disfiguring cases of nodular acne. Most Doctors would only recommend this treatment only after all other forms of acne medication have been tried and proved unsuccessful.

Serious Accutane Side Effects
1. Birth Defects
2. Psychiatric Diseases, Depression and Suicide
3. Central Nervous System Ailments
4. Liver Damage
5. Hearing/Vision Problems
6. Accutane Pancreatic Damage

More detailed info on this page:
http://www.accutane-info.com/side-effects.php

Information on the development, history and legacy of Accutane.
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Anonymous said...

OMG! i started suffering with acne right out of college. never had an issue as a teen. i figured it was temporary stress. but almost ten years later, i STILL have a problem! it is nice to see the statistics and have actual people fess up. unfortunately i dont run into ANYONE with a problem. its sooo frustrating. and of course, ive tried everything. blue light treatments were helping along with a sulphur based face wash and retin-a micro...but my insurance sucked and it was too expensive to continue. perhaps when i have a baby it will reverse and i wont have a problem anymore...fingers crossed! ;~O

Thanks for sharing!