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ACNE in 40 Year Olds

Updated on October 27, 2012

40 years old with Acne

Have you had years of clear skin and now are in the throws of acne production?  Our bodies are always changing and this is an inconvenient one, when you so have so many other things to think about.

Have you had years of normal skin, then suddenly have to try every product under the sun looking for an acne remedy? Have you had expensive peels to bring back your glowing complexion?

You are not alone and the search for acne solutions is frustrating.

Topical Treatments for Acne

Topical acne treatments help once it is visible, which is one possible solution. Some regularly prescribed topical acne remedies include Retin-A and Metrogel. These alone will be acne solutions for some people.

Your doctor will probably mention some of the medications listed in this article, and he or she might know about alternative acne treatments. Beware that they might try to lead you into expensive procedures that will not completely address the source of the acne but might help you look better in the short term. These types of skin treatments include various peels that can be painful and expensive. If you have the disposable income to afford elective procedures, it might be worth a try.  Peels do make a big difference with the overall appearance of your skin, but do not make the acne disappear.  However, it might delay some breakouts, which is helpful.

How to get Rid of Acne

How to get rid of acne, which is what most people want, usually requires something more than topical medications or peels, however, it depends on the person. One treatment for acne is birth control. The pills control hormone levels, which in turn helps the skin.  If you need birth control anyway, this is a nice advantage.   If you do not need birth control, your doctor might not recommend exposing your body to unnecessary chemicals, unless you cannot tolerate any of the other options.  Of the oral solutions available, birth control pills are probably the mildest.

Tetracycline products are frequently prescribed for the treatment of acne, which is a popular antibiotic. This might be a helpful treatment if you are not allergic. However, it is known that using too many antibiotics lowers your resistance to other antibiotics, which could be detrimental to your future health. This is something to consider when the treatment is going to take months or years, and not just a few days.

More Acne Treatments

One successful treatment for acne is accomplished with Spironolactone. This is another prescribed oral medication. The drawback to this treatment is the long term effects are unknown. It is in a more serious class of medicines suggesting it is more stronger or more potent medicine.

If you ask a general practitioner for a prescription, they might prescribe 25 mg of Spironolactone for the treatment of acne. Everyone needs a different amount to respond to this medication, but it is usually more successful in the 100-200mg a day. Maybe ask your doctor to research the best amount specific to acne, because Spironolactone is more popularly used for other ailments. Your doctor might say they have never heard it being used for acne, but when they do their research, they will see it is true. This means he or she might have no idea what amount of medicine to prescribe, which can lead to the trial and error approach, which can be as frustrating as the acne itself.

Accutane is used for Adult Acne

Accutane is not just for teenagers.  If you have tried everything: peels, acids, birth control pills, antibiotics, spironolactone, and topicals, your dermatologist might recommend accutane for your acne.  It is very effective in 90-95% of people.  Before doctors prescribe this drug, they will make sure you are not pregnant, expecting to get pregnant, or feeling suicidal.  They heavily monitor potential pregnancies because of the known defects to unborn babies.  They also want to know you are mentally stable, because this medicine might accentuate suicidal thoughts.  If you are depressed, you are probably still a candidate, they just want to make you aware of this possibility.  Any medicine that is this heavily controlled, might force you to ask yourself whether it is worth exposing your body to this antidote.  It might be worth saving this as a last resort.

Unsolicited Acne Suggestions

Many people whom have not suffered from unsightly acne often have diet suggestions. They will pass along all of the wives tales about the relationship between food and acne. These include, but are not limited to the eating of chocolate and dairy products. These people probably have good intentions, but have never discussed these findings with a medical doctor. If any diet choices seem to contribute to your acne, then discuss them with your dermatologist and do not rely on someone passing on the same old beliefs.  

Helpful Acne Suggestions

Here are a few helpful suggestions.   Try not to touch your face because the oils and dirt on your hands will aggravate the acne.  Keep your hands clean and off your face.   Sometimes you will notice regular acne showing up where you rest your face in your hands.  Hard to change this, but worth a try.  Use delicate soaps instead of the powerful washes that might irritate your whole face.  Dry your face gently.  Visit a dermatologist, drink lots of water and don’t give up hope.

When your face is broken out, please know that it is far worse to you than anyone else.  Use a good concealor to tone down the redness that occurs.  This is true for both sexes.  Good makeup products that help you feel more presentable are worth the investment.  If you feel like you are a bit more presentable, it is easier to face the world.  

What is your experience with acne?

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    • Jessay profile image

      Jessica 7 years ago from USA

      Hi Acne Bob,

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Acne is really so inconvenient and relentless. Can't wait to have normal skin.

      I am off to check out your hubs.

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      Acne bob 7 years ago

      I agree with Jessay here. Getting acne when you're older has t odo with hormones mostly.

      For example at menopause women can get acne because of hormonal activity.

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      benny Faye Douglass 8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thanks for you imformation and advice. Godspeed. creativeone59

    • Jessay profile image

      Jessica 8 years ago from USA

      Most of the time when you experience acne in your 40's it is related to hormones. Usually the balance has shifted, which may or may not show up in testosterone tests, but is the most likely culprit. Thanks for your comment.

    • rvsrinivasan profile image

      rvsrinivasan 8 years ago

      It is not very clear about your acne explanation in your hub. I have written certain hubs on health. May please go through these hubs.


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