Who’s Affected by Acne?
Posted By: Lindsay Schroeder Posted In: Acne Tips Date Posted: July 8th, 2010 Comments: 0

We typically think acne affects only teenagers due to the fact that they are going through puberty and are struggling with major hormone imbalances. Though it’s true that teenagers are the majority when it comes to the age group that suffers the most with acne, but acne does not discriminate. Acne can affect anyone, at any time in their lives.

Babies

Yes, babies get acne. Whiteheads are more common among babies and can be identified by small red or white bumps on the face. However, acne in babies can sometimes be difficult to distinguish from other skin conditions such eczema. Therefore it’s important that you seek your pediatrician’s help if you are in doubt about the rashes that appear on your baby’s skin.

To alleviate the effects of acne on babies, make sure that the baby’s skin is kept clean at all times, and that oils and powders used on the baby should be specially formulated specifically for infants.

Teenagers

As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, acne commonly affects teenagers. This is because the hormones of teenagers go on overdrive at this time in their lives to aid in the development of their changing bodies. One of the hormones that goes in overdrive is androgen. This hormone can over-stimulate the oil glands on the skin, which in turn contributes to the development of pimples.

Men and Women

Both men and women are prone to acne at different points in their lives. Men are more prone to acne during puberty because their bodies release more androgens than women’s bodies do. Women may be prone to acne because of their menstrual cycles or becoming pregnant. Men’s acne problems usually disappear after puberty. Women, on the other hand, may need hormone therapy such as oral contraceptives to stabilize their hormone levels and ease the effects of hormone-related acne.

Stress

Stress can affect acne breakouts which is why you will notice that acne seems to suddenly appear on your face and other parts of your body during stressful times in your life.

Generally, acne in adults won’t be a major problem. For more serious cases of acne breakouts though, one may need to consult his or her dermatologist on effective acne treatments for adults.

It is still true that acne generally affects teenagers. In fact, more than 90% of teenagers will experience acne. However, acne can also be a problem no matter your age. Most acne problems never go beyond blackheads, whiteheads, and pustules, which can naturally go away. However, for more serious and more painful cases of acne such as nodules and cysts, you may need to seek your dermatologist’s guidance in getting rid of your acne problem once and for all.

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