Q: I'm 41 years old and I have zits! I have more problems with them now than I did as a teen. I get them around my chin and
it used to be timed to a week before my period. However, now I seem to get them whenever. I've tried various products but nothing
seems to work. What do you recommend? (I have pale, sensitive skin).
A: Well, you may be gratified to know that you arenít alone. Nearly 25% of adult men and 50% of adult women suffer from acne
outbreaks. Unfortunately, the causes of adult acne are unknown, although it is believed that in some cases it is hormonal (at least
in part) as evidenced by your statement of the timing of previous outbreaks youíve experienced.
The most common treatments for acne and other skin problems are cream or gel solutions
containing salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or retinoic acid. When used in combination with a mild cleanser and toner, these
treatments are generally effective for controlling most acne breakouts.
If however, you think that your breakouts may be caused by hormonal factors, you should
see your doctor. The unusual breakout pattern could be a sign of hormonal changes that could be treatable.
Disorders of the skin
I have been breaking out around my mouth. Why doesn't my acne medicine work?