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Adult Acne Treatments – What You Need to Know

Updated on June 27, 2009

If you're here looking for adult acne treatments, I'm willing to bet that you are a bit frustrated. You're thinking that acne was supposed to be something you were done with years ago as a teenager. If you're like many adults looking for acne remedies and wondering why you're even in this situation, this article will help clarify a few things for you.  You will get a general understanding of the causes of acne in general, and specifically in adults. You'll also see what the main recommended approaches for adult acne treatments (it might surprise you). And finally, what some of your additional adult acne treatment options may be. While I can't guarantee to totally eliminate the stress and frustration associated with adult acne, the hope is that this article will at least help alleviate it to some extent.

The general causes of acne are not completely known whether you're talking about teenage or adult acne. However, it is most often associated with hormonal changes. If you consider the fact that teenagers typically suffer from acne, and you think about all the normal changes raging through their bodies, this makes sense. In adults, adult acne is most often seen in women. Once again, when you consider the hormonal influences of reproductive cycles, pregnancy, menopause, and even a birth control pills affect on hormones, it makes sense. It's not necessarily fair... but it makes some sense.

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flickr image by country_boy_shane

Other external factors that could lead to adult acne include cosmetics (once again ladies, this puts you at a disadvantage), diet and stress. Those last two, diet and stress, pretty much encompasses general health and well-being. So yes, we are going to talk about the same kinds of things that you hear when addressing so many other issues; healthy diet, adequate water, adequate exercise and minimizing stresses much as possible.

In fact, stresses often been found to be the most significant cause of adult acne. One of the primary adult acne treatments recommended is stress reduction. While this may not have been what you wanted to hear, consider this. If you consider the fact that stress causes acne, and most likely when you get acne that stresses you out... you can see that this is a vicious cycle. You need to recognize this and take automatic action to break the cycle. If you can do this through healthy exercise you will not only do your acne some good, but you'll do your whole body and soul good as well. Stress reduction has been shown to be one of the best treatments for adult acne. However, if you're not convinced of this or you feel that you've done what you can in that department, you should definitely schedule an appointment with a dermatologist.

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flickr image by arianne...

Whether you visit a dermatologist or not, there are other direct treatments for adult acne. These treatments are really no different than the treatments available to teenagers. There are topical treatments and there are oral options (the latter usually being by prescription). The different treatments common variations from home remedies for acne to herbal remedies, over-the-counter acne treatments, pharmaceutical drugs and even medical lasers. The problem is, there's no way to know exactly what work for you as there are so many variations and individuals, types of acne, types of treatments etc. again, this is why a visit to your dermatologist is highly recommended.

If your in a bind and looking for the truly fast fix as far as adult acne treatments because you have a sudden breakout before a hot date, a big meeting, or a job interview, I will recommend one other option that you may want to consider... go see a licensed aesthetician (an aesthetician is a person who does facials etc.). A highly trained, quality licensed aesthetician will be able to extract pimples, blackheads and/or whiteheads and make your face smooth and eruption free. It's not a long-term treatment by any means, but if you simply need to look your best on short notice, the last thing you need is the extra stress of a breakout. The solution might be just the thing you need to get through not only that particular event, but hopefully that event can help lead you to a more stress-free way of living in general.

In conclusion, you might still be somewhat frustrated at not having one definitive answer provided to you as far as the best adult acne treatments to use. You simply have to understand that there cannot be one specific answer given to such a broad and highly variable situation. Hopefully you have seen that there are a wide variety of options for you when dealing with adult acne. Everything from home remedies for acne to acne laser treatment and many options in between those two. The hope is that you'll be able to find a natural remedy, such as stress reduction, to address this problem. If not, you know that the best acne treatment recommendation will probably come from your dermatologist. They will have the full gamut of adult acne treatments to share with you.


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