your skin oily? Do you have many blackheads on your nose?
Does your skin break
out frequently? Is your skin both flaky and shiny?
If you answered yes to three out of these four questions,
you probably suffer from what is commonly known as "teen
skin" or teenage acne. However, not only teenagers
have this type of skin. Increasingly more adults, especially
in the 25-30 age group, exhibit these symptoms. Known as
adult acne, this condition can continue well into the forties.
Among adults, more women are affected by this condition
The exact cause
of acne in unknown. It has been shown, however, that certain
people may be genetically pre-disposed to develop it. More
than likely, hormonal imbalance is the primary cause of
acne among adult women. It is also known that emotional
stress, although unlikely to cause acne, can aggravate the
condition. Some forms of acne, such as cystic breakouts,
may also result from the use of certain kinds of medications
such as lithium, corticosteroids, anti-epileptic drugs and
anti-tuberculosis agents. Also, the use of certain cosmetics
containing clogging oils can contribute to acne.
There are many
myths and misconceptions about acne and its causes. A popular
one is that certain foods cause acne. The truth is that
foods such chocolate, pizza and potato chips do not cause
acne. But they can make it worse. Another well known myth
is that sun bathing can clear up acne. Although the sun
can dry out pimples, it also thickens the top layer of skin
and contributes to the clogging of pores. This can result
in even more breakouts, especially whiteheads, which typically
form a week or two after sun exposure.