Acne is traditionally a skin problem associated with teenagers, but new research reveals that acne is now dramatically on the rise among middle-aged women.[quote]New figures reveal that 50 per cent of women suffer from acne at some point in their adult life.[/quote]
Skin experts believe that an increase in the male hormone, testosterone, is the main cause. It creates an excess of sebum — an oily/waxy substance produced by the sebaceous glands to lubricate the skin.
Too much sebum causes a build-up of oil and dead skin cells in hair follicle pores. Bad skin bacteria then make their way to the blockage, and this causes the redness and inflammation of a spot.
In addition high consumption of junk food, excessive consumption of sugar, hormone imbalances caused by the contraceptive pill and HRT and stress are all thought to be contributing factors to the rise in middle age female acne.
In the past it was thought that diet did not affect acne, but now dermatologists now recognise that sugar-based foods can trigger acne attacks.
The best adult acne solutions[quote]The problem with many ant-acne treatments is that they contain very strong anti-bacterial chemicals that while treating the acne, often damages and dries the healthy skin around the spots. Treating acne is a battle between eradicating the spots while not damaging normal skin.[/quote]
Below are some anti-acne solutions that do not damage healthy skin;
The No No Skin santi-acne device costs £132. Available from Boots
Retin A, which is a derivative of Vitamin A, can help with acne as it increases the skin cell turnover promoting the extrusion of the plugged material in the follicle which causes a spot. Retin A can only be sued for limited periods of time.
Retin A Gel is available on prescription, ask your GP
Face masques are the best way of treating the whole face to prevent bad bacteria living on the skin’s surface and getting into spots to make them worse.
Skin Shop’s Anti-Acne Yeast Face Masque is a non-drying face masque that contains active yeast which research shows helps destroy the bad bacteria that causes acne.
Anti-Acne Yeast Face Masque costs £1.99 (30g). Available from www.skinshop.co.uk
Buffing and exfoliating acne prone skin can be very beneficial. Facial scrubs or exfoliating brushes are an effective way to deep cleanse acne prone skin
Deep Pore brush from Clarisonic costs £21. Call: 0800 988 4864
Silver is excellent for destroying the bacteria that causes acne.
Cor Silver Soap is a soap that contains nano-silver with silica compound to fight acne bacteria.
Cor Silver Soap costs from £15, available from www.corsilver.co.uk
The contraceptive pill Dianette, helps to suppresses testosterone and many younger women taken this pill to control their acne.
Dianette is available on prescription, ask your GP