Excerpt form AgeErase by Dr. Rashmi Shetty

Adult acne is a skin problem that you can face be tweenthe ages of 40 to 50. So how do identify that you haveadult acne? The first sign of adult acne is that it will appear in your C-Zone. Adult acne presents itself as atenderness that can start 5 to 7 days before you see anactual pimple on the skin. It gets really red and painful.It may not even become a pustule like teenage acne andjust remain there for quite some time, hurting you, andthen subside leaving behind a dark mark.Why do you get adult acne? Hormonal fluctuation is the culprit. It can be stress relatedas well. Other signs of hormonal fluctuation includebreast tenderness, your menstrual cycle going all haywire,and abnormal hair growth on your chin and other facialareas. Then you know that there’s something wrong going on with your hormones. It is usually sporadic.

 Alterations in the level of female and male hormonescan lead to stimulation of sebaceous glands and hairgrowth on your face. You might also notice some on your back and chest. These hormones also reduce BMR which increases your tendency to put on weight around your belly. What happens is this—your excess female hormones are converted into male hormones in the peripheral fat which further harms the skin and affects the metabolism of body fat.

The other factor that can trigger adult acne is your thyroid. If you have a family history of thyroid abnormality or going through a stressful situation, then you have higher chances of sprouting pimples. Both these situations can be brought under control; all you need to do is visit your endocrinologist. Yet another cause could be wrong cosmetic productsor make up and any other medication that you may be on.In such a case all you need to do is to stop the applicationof your beauty product, make up, or medication. Slowly reintroduce them one by one to find out the trigger to the skin irritation. Then go and consult your doctor.

Dr Rashmi shetty tell s you how to deal with adult acne ...

You could simply start off with yoga and exercise to make sure that happy hormones are released. It can goa long way in calming you from the inside which then shows on the outside.At home, start regulating your skincare regime—picka face wash that matches your needs, regulate your nightcream, and check your sunscreen. Start your at-homecare with a Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide cream. Eata balanced diet with anti-inflammatory ingredients. You can also take oral anti-inflammatory medication, EFA,and antioxidants.

At your skin doctor’s 

At our clinic the first thing we do is a through hormonal evaluation followed by skin care , dr rashmi shetty believes that most patients by the time they come to us have been self medicating or have been under treatments eleswhere ;there by skins are sensitive and rough ... so firstly we make sure the skin health and texture , hydration etc are taken care . Mean while hormone reports are evaluated along with detailed history and examination . pertcular hormone that is playing up is addressed and then certain advanced peels and lights are used to help you further . make sure the scars and specially pigmentation are addressed right from the start. facial excess hair can be an isssue along with adult acne and needs to be taken care as well .