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Published: Wed February 22, 2017
Categories: The Myth Minx
Let’s start by explaining the difference between adolescent acne and adult acne.
There are two main distinguishing features between teenage and adult acne:
Firstly, acne experienced as a teen can be seen widespread over the face (eg. cheeks, forehead etc) and is more common through the T-zone. Whereas, adult acne is generally localised within lower parts of the face such as; on the chin, around the mouth and along the jawline.
Secondly, the oil content of a teenage skin is quite different to 30 year old skin. Teens often have higher oil flow and slightly thicker skin while an adult will have less oil content in the skin creating a slightly more sensitive skin if using harsh acne products (that have been designed for teenage acne).
Adult acne tends to be very cyclical (eg. monthly flare ups due to hormonal changes) and can be more inflammatory than teen acne. There are also more hormone-altering influences that perpetuate adult acne. Check out MMs previous blog on causes of adult acne to delve further into the hormonal influences: https://www.skinstitut.com/blog/post/clearing-what-is-causing-adult-acne
These differences highlight why treatment options would vary for adult acne vs teen acne. For adult women, the focus needs to be on reducing inflammation (to prevent scarring) using an approach that won’t dry out or sensitise the skin too much.
Let’s just take a moment to discuss scarring. Unfortunately, the odds aren’t in our favour when it comes to adult acne and scarring. This is due to the increased inflammation that is present in the skin on an ongoing basis. Inflammation forms part of the natural response of our body necessary to help heal a breakout. The greater the inflammation in the skin, the greater the risk of scarring. If an acne lesion is quite superficial the inflammation caused may result in a darkening of tissue (due to over stimulation of melanin producing cells in our epidermis).
If an acne lesion is considerably inflamed the body works hard to fight the infection then heal and repair the tissue that may have been damaged by a ruptured follicle. To do this collagen needs to be produced in the dermis. Too much collagen produced can result in raised, uneven skin tone or on the flip side; insufficient collagen remodelling can lead to depressed areas of skin, appearing as typical pitted acne scarring.
Homecare tips for adult acne
Lifestyle tips for adult acne:
To successfully treat adult acne, a comprehensive holistic approach is needed; a dedicated focus on lifestyle modification, homecare regime and in clinic treatments delivers results
For a customized homecare regime and treatment plan visit a highly trained skin expert who specialises in holistic skin analysis. Use the Skinstitut stockist locator to find the nearest expert to you: https://www.skinstitut.com/stockist