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Adult Acne

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.
 
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