Blemishes in Adults
Skin blemishes are a nuisance
of adolescence but for some people it occurs in adult life as well.
It is an undesired reminder of the embarrassment and self-consciousness
of teenage acne. Anyone can develop
adult skin blemishes, however, some people are predisposed to certain
types of acne. Scientific studies have confirmed that consuming
bad foods do not cause skin blemishes; however, just as the proper
nutrients are needed for optimal function of organs, the skin is
the largest organ in the body: Implementing a healthy
diet can reflect in a person's appearance.
There are several factors that contribute to the onset of skin blemishes
in adults. Cosmetics and toiletries may clog pores. Such products
include foundations, night creams, and moisturizers. Cosmetics and
toiletries that cause blemishes are known as comedogenics; when
looking for cosmetics, try to choose "non-comedogenic"
products. The environment also plays a role in the development of
skin blemishes. Pollution can irritate blemish prone areas of the
skin. The skin blemishes can be made worse by touching the skin
or friction from clothing and hair.
Males and females can develop skin blemishes from stress and hormonal
changes. The hormone androgen stimulates the sebaceous gland to
produce more sebum. Sebum is a natural oil that makes the skin soft
and waterproof. The oily sebum accumulates in the hair follicles
as it moves up the hair shaft where it mixes with normal skin bacteria
(Propionibacterium Acnes) and shedding dead follicular skin cells.
The dead cells normally get pushed to the surface where they are
expelled. The more sebum is produced the greater the chances of
the follicles being clogged, potentially resulting in skin blemishes.
Adult females who develop
skin blemishes due to the following conditions may be linked
to hormonal changes:
- Appearance of skin blemishes for the first time in adulthood
or reappearance after clearing up (PMS, Peri menopause,
- Unresponsive to treatment
- Worsening condition during pregnancy or menstruation
- Associated to masculine patterns of hair growth or hair
loss, may also include darkening of the skin around the
armpits or body folds, and torso obesity.
Skin blemishes in adults, associated to the above conditions
and chronic emotional or physiological stress, can be treated
in a number of ways. Pimples or acne caused by hormonal
may not respond to over the counter topical acne
treatments that work on teenagers
The treatment options may include oral contraceptives, oral
Corticoseteroids (anti-inflammatory drugs), Antiandrogens
(reduce androgen productions) or natural alternatives. Oral
contraceptives side effects include nausea, weight gain, menstrual
spotting and breast tenderness. The side effects associated
with oral corticosteroids may cause weight gain and bone thinning.
Antiandrogens may cause irregular menstruation and breast
Many chose natural alternatives
that do not have any of the dangerous side effects associated
with many acne medications. When pores become clogged and
the body is lacking certain nutrients to remove this excess
debris, they can become infected and inflamed causing skin
is a homeopathic
medicinal that is available without a prescription and does
not have any of the dangerous side effects associated with
many acne medications.