It’s teenagers who are usually associated with acne breakouts. But what about the adults? Increasingly, a large percentage of acne patients are above the age of 30. The cause is due to a mix of factors, including hormonal changes that take place at this age. One of the differences in appearance between adult acne and teenage acne is where on the face the breakouts occur. For teenagers, breakouts tend to pop up all over the face, often in tiny bumps. For adults, acne breakouts are most common around the mouth area–the chin, jowls and upper lip areas.
The placement of acne breakouts for adults is not the only difference between teens and older generation acne sufferers. It’s important to know how to treat acne as you get older. Adults need to be careful not to over-dry their skin, as the amount of oil in the skin decreases as we age and the last think you want to do is rob your skin of more oil in your 30s, 40s and 50s.
The most common over the counter (OTC) products for the treatment of acne contain either salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. These two ingredients, while very effective, can be extremely harsh on the skin. We recommend consulting a dermatologist for a prescription treatment tailor made for your skin type. Contrary to popular thinking, you do not need to have severe acne to go on prescription medication for it. There’s nothing wrong with seeking a treatment that will give you clear skin all the time.