Dark haired woman looking in the mirror at her acne

Not Just for Teenagers

If you have acne, you’re among approximately 50 million Americans suffering from these nasty skin breakouts. Acne can occur at any age from newborn through adulthood but is more prevalent in teens. Adults with acne often find that the products they used successfully as teens no longer work to clear their skin of blemishes.

Acne occurs when skin pores are blocked by oil and dead skin cells. Bacteria naturally on the skin can infect the pores, making the inflammation worse and harder to combat. Adult acne can be caused by:

  • Family history of adult acne which may give a person a predisposition to the condition
  • Changing hormone levels, often during pregnancy and menopause
  • Stress which can affect hormones which stimulate oil glands and hair follicles
  • Hair and skin products which could be clogging pores by adding oil to an already oil-rich environment
  • Certain medications including starting or stopping birth control pills. Corticosteroids can also trigger an acne breakout

Experts recommend that you cleanse skin gently and carefully, particularly around areas of perspiration. Use gentle, non-abrasive cleansers and avoid products containing alcohol which could irritate the skin. The good news is that just about every case of acne can be treated successfully. If your over-the-counter products are not working to your satisfaction, make an appointment with one of our Board-certified Dermaologists who can treat the problem and help prevent future breakouts. For Emerson, call: 201.666.3900, for Paramus, call: 201.986.1881, for River Edge, call: 201.489.2727, for Hackensack, call: 201.342.1877, and for Fair Lawn, call: 201.797.2003.

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