Acne is a heartbreaking and disfiguring disease that can (and does) strike at almost any age.Aboutthe only groups immune are pre-adolescent children and senior citizens.On the website of the American Academy of Dermatology, they list the age of approximately 2 to 6 years of age as an “acne free zone, during with acne vulgaris rarely occurs.
Even newborn infants can develop acne, possibly due to hormonal changes as the fetus develops. So you can see that very few of are immune to acne!
Despite this fact, acne is firmly ensconced in our consciousness as an adolescent disease.Throughout the past decades both the advertising and the treatments have been almost exclusively directed at this age group.Television and magazines are rife with images of teenage angst peering at itself in the mirror as they try to cover up their unsightly blemishes.
However, as anydermatologist can tell you, this is only half of the story. Acne affects almost as many women in their late twenties, thirties and forties, as it does adolescents. My waiting room is frequently filled with both groups eager for acne treatment. And yet we need to develop an entirely new bag of tricks for adult acne treatment in women. To begin with, a woman is unique, and an older woman is even more unique in many different ways—and all of them may coalesce to bring about the onset and flare-ups of acne.
Women have very different skin types from adolescents, in fact, they almost at opposite ends of the spectrum. This makes the appropriate treatments for adolescents unacceptable for adult women.
Because of the changes in hormones during the mid-cycle of the menstrual period, sebaceous glands can be affected. While there is controversy as to the effects of estrogen and progesterone, we do know that altering the hormone status to prevent hormonal surges can be therapeutic to some women. I believe that estrogen acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and exerts a systemic anti-inflammatory effect that is helpful to the skin. Many oral contraceptives have an androgen effect on the body, causing it to become more acne prone. Other drugs that have a higher level of estrogen will balance the surges of progesterone. Some physicians believe that taking oral contraceptives on a regular basis is helpful to women with acne. I believe, however, the most effective and safest course of treatment is to control our hormonal surges and acne flare ups through an anti-inflammatory diet and anti-inflammatory supplements. Both work systemically to heal and balance the body.
How are you currently dealing with your acne flare-ups?