Teenage vs. Adult Acne
What's the difference?
Have you ever wondered if there is a difference between teenage vs adult acne? Additionally, have you considered the difference between cystic and hormonal acne?
In this exploration, we will delve into the contrasts among cystic, hormonal, and other acne types for both adults and teenagers, along with a discussion of the most effective skincare ingredients to address these persistent breakouts.
Teenage vs Adult Acne
The underlying cause of all acne is essentially the same, your pores become clogged with excess sebum and dead cells. Clogged pores become the ideal environment for skin bacteria, c. Acnes, to thrive causing acne, inflammation, and swelling.
Adult and teenage acne can be triggered by hormonal changes that lead to excess oil /sebum production, causing pores to be more susceptible to becoming blocked.
So, what's the difference between adult acne and teenage acne?
Adult acne is more common on the lower half of the face around the chin, and along the jawline whereas teenage acne typically appears in T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) and sometimes on the chest and upper back.
The treatment of adult acne and teenage acne should also be approached in different ways.
Because teenage skin is usually very oily, it can handle stronger, more drying acne treatments. As the skin ages, it becomes drier and more sensitive so treatments designed for teenage acne can cause excessive irritation and barrier damage for adults.
The best acne treatments for adults are generally gentler and easier for the skin to tolerate – at Connected we focus on restoring the integrity and functionality of the dermal barrier while supporting hormonal balance and addressing the root cause of acne.
What is hormonal acne & how do you treat it?
Your skin changes in response to fluctuating hormones, such as estrogen, which can trigger acne.
For adults, hormone-related adult acne can be triggered at different ages and stages by your menstrual cycle, pregnancy, menopause, and stress.
Teenagers experience acne with the onset of puberty due to an increase in androgen hormones- like testosterone. These hormones send the production of sebum into overdrive, increasing the susceptibility of clogged pores.
Hormonal acne can usually be treated with a combination of the right skincare products. In some, more severe, cases you may need over the counter medication or targeted supplements too.
What is cystic acne & how do you treat it?
Cystic or nodular acne is the most serious and painful type of acne.
Both teenagers and adults can experience cystic acne which is identified by the following characteristics:
- Painful inflamed pimples that look like red swollen boils
- White or yellow pus-filled inflamed pimples
Over the counter treatments and skincare products alone typically aren’t strong enough to treat cystic acne and most don’t penetrate deeply enough to make a significant impact. If you’re dealing with cystic acne prescription medication or professional care may be needed to compliment an anti-acne skincare routine.
What are blackheads & whiteheads & how do you treat them?
These are the mildest forms of adult acne and teenage acne.
A blackhead (scientifically known as an ‘open comedone’) is essentially a pore clogged with dead skin and sebum that has opened a little and been exposed to air – causing it to oxidize and turning it black.
A whitehead is known as a ‘closed comedone’ - the pore is clogged but hasn’t opened for air to enter and cause the sebum to oxidize.
These two are usually the easiest type of acne to treat and can be improved with the right skincare routine and treatments.
In some cases, comedones may need to be professionally extracted by an esthetician.
The holistic skin therapists and Naturopathic Doctors at Connected Health & Skin are familiar and experienced with treating both teens and adults. Book a complimentary discovery consultation now to learn more about the best treatment options available for your needs.
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