The facts about adult acne
Dr Ifeoma Ejikeme, medical director at West London's Adonia Medical Clinic, lays down the facts you need to know about adult acne.
Caused by bacteria
Adult acne is acne found in anyone over the age of 18 and is caused by bacteria that builds up in the skin.
It's more common than teenage acne
Adult acne can happen to anyone at any point in time. For some, it can be triggered by using a product with poreclogging ingredients or if they are going through pregnancy or menopause.
Genetics play a part
Some people will have a genetic predisposition that is more likely to create an environment in which the bacteria of acne will be happy to grow and appear on the skin's surface.
Both inflammation and bacteria need addressing
Acne is caused by a bacteria that grows in the thickness of the skin. However, for that bacteria to turn into acne, it must spark an inflammation. This inflammation is the body's response to the presence of the bacteria. It sends cells to get rid of the bacteria, which causes the skin to become inflamed with redness, pain and puss. For this reason, the inflammation as well as the bacteria must be addressed.
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