Adult Hormonal Acne

by Wilson Helen

in Skin

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Adult hormonal acne is an inflammatory disease of the skin caused by a malfunction of the sebaceous gland. The reason for failure is an abnormal level of testosterone, the male hormone during puberty in adolescents.

Hormonal acne begins to appear in 13-14 (girls) and 15-16 (boys). For most adolescents acne is decreasing over time and gradually disappears at all in their early twenties. However, some people may suffer from hormonal acne much longer until the thirties and forties, and in some isolated cases, even longer. And there is no way to predict how long the person will suffer from acne.

Some other factors that can cause this type of acne:

  • Hormonal activity, such as menstrual cycles and puberty.
  • Stress, increasing the production of hormones in the adrenal (stress) glands.
  • Hyperactive sebaceous glands  secondary to the three hormone sources above.
  • Accumulation of dead skin cells.
  • Bacteria in the pores, as the body becomes “allergic”.
  • Skin irritation or scratching of any sort to trigger inflammation.
  • The use of anabolic steroids.

Traditionally, attention has focused on the abnormal level of testosterone, which is causing an overproduction of sebum as the main factor contributing hormonal adult acne. More recently, attention is given to a narrowing of the follicular canal as the second main factor.

Helen has been an expert in skin health writing specifically on the subject of acne. Her work has been published on various websites and magazines and provides insightful advice for skin disease, acne remedies sufferers.

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