Acne was thought of as the quintessential bugbear of the troubled teen, because of the hormones that wreaked havoc on young skin during the puberty years. Now however adult acne is seen to be an increasing problem in recent times.
Adult acne: An increasing problem
A recent story about Hollywood actor Salma Hayek speaks about her problems with acne and how they sent her into deep, deep depression. It took accutane for her to finally get over her problem. This is just one of the instances of acne that persists beyond adolescence and into adulthood.
There are two types of adult acne: the sort that persists into the 20’s and even for decades after that.
The other type is late onset acne that appears for the first time during a person’s adult life. Dermatologists are increasingly seeing adults consulting with them on the issue of adult acne.
Whereas men tend to have acne on their chest, shoulders and back due to inflamed hair follicles, women tend to have acne around their mouth and on the lower part of the face, most often due to hormonal changes (menstrual cycles, menopause and so on).
For women, use of birth control pills could be implicated in the rise of adult acne. Then there is the fact that cosmetics could be a contributing factor here.
Though treatment protocols for adult acne and teen acne may often be the same, adult acne may be more stubborn and may take longer to treat.
Oral antibiotics, topical creams and light or laser treatments are usually used to combat adult acne.
Natural remedy for acne
According to a report made by researchers of the Leeds Metropolitan University a natural cure for acnecould lie in the common herb thyme. Whereas topical treatments and creams containing benzoyl peroxide could be harsh for the skin, remedies such as thyme may work as well but may be gentler on the skin.
In fact, researchers found that the herbal concoction prepared with thyme had a greater antibacterial effect when compared with standard benzoyl peroxide formulations. This could be good news indeed for those who prefer natural cures rather than pharmaceutical formulations.