When we think of acne, the picture that comes to our minds is that of an adolescent, who is physically changing from a child into an adult. However, acne is not restricted to juveniles only. Both adult and juvenile acne are infections generated by the same bacteria.
Factors that stimulate adult acne are very different from those involved with juvenile acne. Adult onset acne usually involves normal or combination skin or even dry and sensitive skin, rather than oily skin which is the typical cause of juvenile acne.
In adults, there are a number of other factors that may activate acne. One such major factor is stress, which causes the production of cortisol, a steroidal hormone that promotes acne. Coffee consumption, like stress, also promotes the production of cortisol. Other conditions, such as smoking, low consumption of free fatty acids, and poor diet can also lead to acne outbursts.
Acne infections stimulate skin production of hydrogen peroxide which generates free radicals. The chemical rebuilding involved in healing infections and repairing skin damage also causes the generation of free radicals. As a result, acne causes premature aging, just like prolonged sun exposure. Control of acne is not only important to the appearance of the skin today, but an important strategy to prevent premature aging of the skin. If skin damage has become a problem, achieve control of acne first and then address the issue of skin rejuvenation.
Most acne products are formatted to cure juvenile acne and contain high concentrations of benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, azelaic acid and other similar agents that can be excessively drying and potentially irritating to adult skin. Adult skin may not tolerate persistent use of such agents, and skin sensitivity may become a hindrance during treatment. It is therefore advised to consult your doctor or dermatologist, before attempting to treat acne yourself.