Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Who gets acne?


Teenagers - Puberty is the pits. It's all hormones, hormones, hormones. About 85% of people ages 12 to 24 show symptoms of acne, thanks to the h-word. It's tough enough being a teenager, what with raging emotions and awkward physical changes.

Girls - Around the time that girls welcome a monthly cycle and curvier body, they develop blackheads and pimples around their noses. Then, depending on the individual, little red pimples and pustules may appear on the forehead, chin and cheeks.

Boys - Boys develop a little later than girls. They also usually experience longer bouts of acne than girls, due to booming testosterone levels. Their voices deepen. Their hair thickens and then, out of nowhere, they've got to face blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, pustules and sometimes worse, cysts and nodules. Boys who play a lot of sports tend to breakout on their backs and chests.

Adults - Believe it or not-many adults aren't in the clear when it comes to acne. Whether you're 15 or 50, acne appears on about half of women and a quarter of men. Since hormones continue to shift, blemishes tend to show up, especially on the chin and jaw-line. And much the same as teens, adults must deal with feelings of insecurity on top of daily stress.

Men - So now you know-it's not just a teenage skin disease. While many adults continue to experience acne, most men have seen their last breakout by their mid to late 20s. After puberty, skin clears up as hormones balance out. While it's more common for adult women to show signs of acne, adult men will usually have more severe acne, even deep cysts that may scar. Folliculitis (razor bumps or razor rash) is also a common occurrence on the face and neck. It's important to lather up with warm water, shave with a clean razor and finally, hydrate sensitive skin with a gentle moisturizer.


Monthly Cycle - Many adult women have more oil and breakouts on their skin about a week before their cycle starts. Oral contraceptives are one option women can discuss with their physician or dermatologist. Some birth control pills have been shown to help clear up acne blemishes by stabilizing specific hormones.

Pregnancy - Nausea, stress-and pimples, are you kidding? Acne breakouts frequently occur during the first trimester of pregnancy as a result of fluctuating hormones. While estrogen production increases, skin continues to clear and improve over the next two trimesters. Following childbirth estrogen levels plummet and this may cause blemishes to return, but often for short periods of time. Salicylic acid is a gentle solution that clears skin without over-drying.

Menopause - Hot flashes, headaches-and great-you've got acne again! Pause. So you're not in the clear quite yet. Hormonal shifts during perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause can lead to breakouts. As estrogen decreases, testosterone increases, along with a surplus supply of oil, dead skin cells and facial hair (think teenage boy). Then, bam! A blemish-bomb. Use a gentle exfoliant on your skin and take care with a proper diet, including drinking plenty of water. Consult your physician if you're considering vitamin supplements or hormone replacement. But before you seek a solution to your skin troubles, discover your skin type.

source : acnecanada

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