Acne: Why me?
Acne may occur independently of your gender and age. During adolescence, acne is so common that it could even be characterised as normal condition for this age group. Almost 8 in 10 adolescents have acne. Therefore if you are a teenager, the chances to have acne are particularly increased.
Often times we associate Acne with being a teenager, but it can be a problem for adults as well. The official statistics show that acne affects 25% of all adult men and 50% of adult women at some time in their lives.
However, when we look ourselves in the mirror and see a large spot with pus we don’t feel better just because we are teenagers; to the contrary, this can even makes us feel worst, since our appearance during that period is really important.
According to international and Greek literature, acne affects equally adolescent boys and girls, and it has a negative impact on their quality of life, as it influences self-confidence, the body image, as well as personal relationships.
Acne is a serious problem for adults too, with increasing cases of acne in recent years. More specifically, acne in adults may continue from adolescence (persistent acne), or its onset may be in adulthood (late-onset acne), with women being more affected than men.
Adults with acne, women mainly, may feel particularly bad due to their appearance, which the psychological and social consequences of acne are significant, even in cases of relatively mild acne.
In general, acne seems to affect more adults’ quality of life as compared to adolescents, and its treatment is often more difficult with the use of traditional therapeutic approaches, while skin may be more sensitive to topical treatments.
But what causes acne?
Although sometimes it is difficult to specify the exact causes of acne, there are some factors that promote the onset of acne.
Hormonal changes play an important role both in adolescents and in adult women, especially during menstruation. Furthermore there are cases of acne onset or exacerbation during pregnancy or menopause, and in some cases when discontinuing contraceptive treatment or treatment with antibiotics.
Another factor that may influence acne is our daily habits and way of living. Although research evidence is not conclusive (studies conclude in different findings), nutrition may affect the onset of acne or the worsening of the condition. Fats, sugars and carbohydrates may be involved to some extent to the development of inflammation, as they help in the proliferation of bacteria.
Moreover, the use of certain comedogenic cosmetic products, i.e. products that promote the formation of blackheads and white spots (open and close comedones) may result in skin pores clogging and acne. At the same time, it is important to use the appropriate cosmetics according to your skin type and acne severity. Despite the fact that they help you to improve your appearance offering you the desired aesthetic result, they may worsen your acne if they are not the right ones for you.
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