While acne may seem to only affects teenagers, it is actually the most common skin condition there is in the U.S., affecting 40 to 50 million people. We also see acne in pre-teens and infants. Newborns also can have acne or acne related skin changes. Even adults well past puberty can still develop acne. So acne is an equal opportunity day destroyer.
Surprisingly, one cause of breakouts is from bacteria coming from your very own hands. Your hands touch just about everything and has billions of bacteria constantly on them. So whenever you don’t wash your hands before you touch your face, you’re just transferring all that bacteria from one part of your skin, to another.
What about food? Recent studies have shown acne can worsen with certain diets, such as a high carbohydrate diet. Eating or drinking things like chocolate milk could worsen your acne. Acne can also develop for the first time in women and men even after their teenage years going into their 20s, 30s and even into the 60s. Yes, we see new onset acne in people near retirement age. Acne can be caused by stress or more hormonal changes in adults, such as menopause in women. It is normal for men and women to develop acne for the first time, especially if different factors in your life are changing and causing stress, or due to a prolonged irritation of the skin on the body.
The fact that acne happens anytime is all the more reason to take extra care of your skin. As you age, damage from things like acne can be more dramatic and harder to reverse.
More interesting tidbits:
-Sun can be good for acne, you do not want to burn but a little UV helps control inflammation in many.
-Prevention is the best treatment while steroid cortisone shots can have long term detrimental effects.
-Acne can be cured. In most people isotretinoin is the medicine that produces long term results.
-It can be genetic in most people.