Many adults have acne, as it is a very common problem and not just for teens. Faulty closing of the hair duct, changes in hormone levels like stopping or switching birth control pills and menopause as well as stress can cause the break out. Some medications such as corticosteroids and lithium can also cause acne, and in some cases other health conditions cause it.
Your dermatologist can help you know the real reason. Specialists recommend daily skin care; using a gentle cleanser, using your hands or a baby washcloth (because it is gentler than the regular one) and patting (not rubbing) the skin dry. Additionally, avoid washing your face frequently; washing it gently twice a day is advisable.
A gentle, good cleanser – while washing away makeup, pollution and dirt – would help other skin products work better, and they will not strip your skin. Retinoid lotions or creams help lessen wrinkles and clear the skin, and sulfur products are good for spot treatment. Benzoyl peroxide products are also advised to fight acne, but they should be used occasionally, since they can make your skin dry.
As for cosmetics, choose those containing salicylic acid for its effect to fight acne. Generally, go for the products saying on the label they are non-acnegenic (not causing breakouts) or noncomedogenic (not clogging the pores).
Discuss with your dermatologist the effective antibiotics to treat acne. Aldactone may be prescribed for treatment; it was first made to treat high blood pressure.
This drug works miracles, but it takes up till 3 months to show results. Another prescribed drug is Isotretinoin, however it cannot be taken in pregnancy or planning to get pregnant. There are high- tech solutions like light therapy, which uses lasers, and vacuum therapy, but both are expensive options.