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Adults of All Ages: Why Do You Still Have Acne?

Woman with Acne Problem

Some adolescent skin problems can carry over into adulthood, including severe pimples, blackheads, and other forms of acne. If you're a young, middle-aged, or mature adult who still experiences severe acne (acne vulgaris), don't give up on your quest for clearer, smoother skin. 

Zits, pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads are all used to describe acne (also known as acne vulgaris). For many adults, acne of any kind can be discouraging. Some adults even feel ashamed or embarrassed about the condition of their skin. If you're one of these adults, you may wonder why you still have acne in the first place.

Learn more about the causes of adult acne and how you can obtain the skin you've always wanted below.

Why Do You Still Have Acne?

Contrary to popular beliefs, acne doesn't develop in dirty, unkempt skin. Nor does the skin problem develop from eating lots of chocolate or drinking sodas. Although these things can aggravate acne blemishes, they don't necessarily cause them.

Acne is actually a chronic condition that affects the pores (openings) on the surface of your skin. Pores contain follicles of hair and sebaceous glands, which secrete a fatty substance called sebum. Sebum makes your hair and skin feel and look soft, shiny, and healthy. If your skin produces too much sebum, it can clog up your pores.

Bacteria hiding on the surface of your skin can enter your clogged pores and make your acne worse. Bacteria can cause large cysts and other severe forms of acne to form below the surface of your skin. Cysts, in particular, can be extremely painful and smelly if they become infected with germs. If you squeeze a cyst, it can pop below your skin.

Getting rid of severe acne isn't a simple thing to do. In many cases, you can actually make your blemishes worse, especially if you attempt to pop them. Using harsh exfoliating products and scrubbing pads may also cause problems over time. These tools can break down the surface of the skin and irritate it.

Some types of skin care products can worsen acne, particularly products that contain excessive oil and fat. The substance can enter your pores and aggravate them. In addition, the products you use might not be good for your skin type. 

You'll need to use better methods to clear up your skin. One of the best ways to do get clearer skin is to see a dermatologist.

How Do You Clear Up Your Skin?

A dermatologist will need to learn more about your health history before they can effectively treat your acne. Certain medical problems and disorders can make your skin break out, including diabetes and low estrogen. Other skin disorders may potentially break out your skin, including psoriasis, dermatitis, and dandruff. 

Different types of medications can make acne worse or lead to it. The medications may include hormone replacement drugs and steroids. If you take medications that affect your skin, tell a dermatologist immediately. 

After a dermatologist examines your health history, they'll examine your skin. The examination may include taking samples of the sebum in your skin. Sebum can become too active if you have an underlying infection in your skin, or if you have excessive bacteria living in your skin's glands and pores.

Once a skin specialist determines the cause of your acne, they'll decide on the best treatments for you. Your treatments may include taking oral medications that fight acne from the inside of your body. A doctor may give you topical medications to help clear up your acne. 

You should always follow your dermatologist treatment plan and instructions as prescribed. If you experience any complications with your medications or treatments, tell a skin specialist immediately. 

Don't wait until your acne completely takes over your skin. Contact the offices of John M. Humeniuk, M.D. for private and specialized skin care today.  

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