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Adult Acne - A Return to the Skin's "Youthful" Appearance
By: Riley Hendersen
Pimples. Zits. Acne. Rosacea. Whatever term you use, getting acne as an adult is no more fun than it was as a teenager. Although
acne is a condition generally associated with young skin, it is not one of the youthful characteristics that is sought after. Adult acne
can actually come in two different forms. These include the occasional breakout of pimples during times of stress as well as a
progressive skin condition known as Rosacea.
Teenage acne and adult acne have many similarities. Like the acne suffered by teenagers, adult acne is also brought about by
certain triggers. These triggers can include an unhealthy diet, stress, hormones and even some prescription medications. Adult acne
is also treated in much the same way as teenage acne. Over-the-counter medications containing benzoyl peroxide can be used to
help clear mild to moderate acne. For more severe cases, prescription antibiotic creams or oral antibiotics may be prescribed to help
inhibit the growth of the bacteria that causes acne.
Unlike teenage acne, which goes away in time, adults can suffer from a progressive form of acne. This form of adult acne is a skin
condition called Rosacea. Like acne, Rosacea is accompanied by red bumps that resemble pimples. Unlike the typical teenage acne,
however, the condition often progresses in periods of flare ups and remissions. As the skin condition progresses, it often becomes
Like a teen's acne, it is uncertain exactly what causes adult acne, or Rosacea. It is suspected the condition begins when blood
vessels in the face become damaged by being repeatedly dilated by various stimuli in the environment. Most people who are
affected by Rosacea are fair skinned. They also have a history of flushing or blushing easily, which