20 Myths About Adult Acne and How to Fight It

If you’re ever had a pimple, you know how frustrating it can be. Sometimes, you try everything to make it go away, but it just gets worse. If you want to get rid of pimples and treat acne effectively, you need to be able to understand how pimples form, what causes them and what the myths and facts are surrounding them.

Here are 20 popular myths about adult acne and what you can do to get clear skin again:

1. Only teenagers get acne

Judging by the title of this article, it’s clearly a myth that only teenagers can get acne. In fact, adult acne occurs in half of women aged 20 to 29 and about a quarter of women aged 40 to 49.

Women are more likely than men to suffer from adult acne. That’s because of the hormone fluctuations that occur later in a woman’s life (a rise in estrogen during peri-menopause causes an increase in oil production, leading to acne).

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2. Teen treatments will work on adults

Some of the same ingredients that work on teenage acne can also work on adult acne (such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid). However, adult skin is thinner and more prone to irritation. So, use should try a gentler approach, such as a salicylic acid cleanser or a low-concentration salicylic acid lotion. Otherwise, retinoid creams may be a good option as they prevent both acne and wrinkles by stimulating collagen.

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3. The stronger the treatment, the better

It may seem obvious that a stronger treatment is better for getting rid of acne, but it could actually be more harmful. A review in Expert Opinion Pharmacotherapy found that products with 2.5% benzoyl peroxide were equally as effective as those with 10% benzoyl peroxide. However, the ones with the higher concentration may actually be more irritating.

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