Acne may be an adolescent affliction, but it also affects many adults, particularly women. In some cases, adolescent acne may not disappear completely (“persistent acne”). Otherwise, acne may develop for the first time in adulthood (“late onset acne”). The problem largely rests with the glands at the base of hair follicles secreting too much oil (“sebum”) as a flood of androgen hormones fuel oil secretion. When combined with excess amounts of dead skin cells, the mixture can clog the follicles, causing whiteheads and blackheads. Adult women may be especially susceptible to adult acne when hormones related to menstruation and pregnancy prompt excess oil secretion. Fluctuating hormone levels during perimenopause can also prompt acne. Proper treatment starts with a medical evaluation.
Today there are many effective treatments for acne. This doesn’t mean that every acne treatment works for everyone, but it does mean that almost every case of acne can be controlled. By using medications correctly and consistently, patients can prevent new acne pimples from forming. If you are concerned about your skin, please call Elmhurst Dermatology at 630-832-2111.
Todd T. Davis, MD
Board Certified Dermatologist
P.S. Genetics, climate, cosmetics and skin care products, certain medications, emotional stress, and lack of sleep may contribute to acne.