7 Ways to Fight Adult Acne

Contrary to popular belief, blemishes aren't just for teenagers. In fact, acne affects an estimated 25 percent of adult men and 50 percent of adult women-some of whom never experienced acne during their adolescence.

What's more, adult acne tends to be different than teen acne. Instead of getting pimples on the forehead and cheeks, adult acne sufferers generally get blemishes around the mouth and the chin.

Preventing Adult Acne

Both adult and teen acne are caused by a combination of factors, including hormones leading to excess oil secretion, faulty closing of the hair duct, and infections. To minimize your breakout risk, try these seven tips:

  • Wash your face with gentle soap twice a day. Harsh cleansers stimulate oil glands and can make skin problems worse.
  • Remove all makeup before going to sleep. Left on overnight, cosmetics can clog pores and lead to breakouts.
  • Avoid pressure on the chin or the face from athletic gear or musical instruments, which may cause chafing or blemishes.
  • Wipe telephone receivers with alcohol to remove bacteria, which can be transferred to chins and cheeks and cause acne.
  • Avoid squeezing pimples which can cause infection or scars.
  • Keep your hands away from your face. Picking at blemishes or touching your face can spread acne-causing bacteria.
  • Consult a dermatologist to treat stubborn or severe acne. For serious skin problems, laser treatments or deep peels might help.