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You’re an adult. You shouldn’t be getting acne, right? But the reality is that acne can occur at any time in life. Here’s what you need to know to understand and conquer this common but frustrating skin problem.
WHERE ACNE HAPPENS
Pilosebaceous follicles (pores) contain a hair root, a hair shaft and a sebaceous gland that produces sebum, an oily substance. The sebum flows into the hair shaft, travels up to the skin’s surface and works to protect the skin from infection and prevent water loss.
HOW ACNE HAPPENS
Acne is a visible result of disruptions of the biological process in the follicle. This disruption can be caused by many variables, (see “The Causes”), but there are four contributing factors that can produce acne, whether on their own or in combination.
1. LACK OF HAIR. “Like the wick of a candle, the hair wicks sebum out,” explains Holly Sherrard, education director of the International Dermal Institute in Toronto. “When there’s a lack of hair there, the sebum tends to stay in the follicle.”
2. DEAD SKIN CELL BUILDUP. This buildup can block pores and trap the sebum inside. “People with a predisposition to acne can have four to five times as many dead skin cells building … Read More »
For years, acne was thought of as a teenage condition – the result of surging hormones and bad diet. Over-the-counter remedies featured smiling teens on the packaging and formulas were aggressively strong in
fighting over oily skin conditions. Then, something began to change. Adults began having breakouts into their twenties and thirties in increasing numbers. Scientists hypothesized that stress, pollution and diet had something to do with it. But the trend continues. Today, doctors estimate that 70 percent of North American will suffer some type of acne throughout their life. Here, Dr. Lisa Kellett, one of Canada’s foremost experts on adult acne, explains the condition.
Cosmetics Magazine: How many people suffer from acne?
Dr. Lisa Kellett: According to the Academy of Dermatology, 70 million adult Americans will suffer from acne—more than 50% of women and 25% of men.
Cosmetics: What causes adult acne and where does it mostly appear?
Dr. Lisa Kellett: The cause of adult acne is thought to be multi-factorial including stress, environment toxins, genetics, hormonal changes and the use of anti-aging products. Whatever the reason, it is a painful and frustrating experience. Adult acne often occurs on different parts of the face such as the chin, jaw, and temples. Teenage acne, in the comparison, is found in the oily facial T-zone.
Cosmetics: What adult acne treatments are available?
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Expert advice from Dr. Lisa Kellett on how to get rid of chicken pox and acne scars on the face.
Q: How can I get rid of chicken pox or acne scars?
A: “Scars can be improved—by up to 95 percent—but not removed,” says dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett of DLK on Avenue. “Treatments remodel the collagen in the skin, making it smoother. For raised scars, ND-YAG lasers and steroid injections work best, whereas for depressed scars, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Erbium lasers are ideal. Levulan, a new topical photosensitizer, makes any laser more effective. Prescription vitamin A cream also helps diminish scars. Over-the-counter scar treatments are available, but they are less effective and can take up to 12 weeks to show results. Lasers offer the quickest results.”
—From Elle Canada, April 2006.