You look in the mirror and can’t decide what to treat first – wrinkles or A-C-N-E! You know the feeling. Why is this happening to me? You thought you were done with breaking out in college.Â As Beth Battaglino, RN, founder of HealthyWomen.orgÂ says, “Adult acne is real – you are not alone.”
Birmingham, Alabama Dermatologist Dr. Julie Harper sheds some new light on the science behind adult female acne; “Adult acne in women is incredibly common and it’s increasing. I see it in my clinic all the time, but I rarely see it in men. The good news is that if you wait until menopause, it will go away.” But who wants to wait that long?!
As Dr. Harper explains, there is a difference between adolescent acne vs. late onset acne. Adolescent acne is mostly about the T-zone. Adult female acne is what she calls U-zone that covers the cheeks, jawlines and chin area. It is characterized by deep-seated, tender, inflamed pimples. Causes are many, but among them are fluctuations in hormones; starting or stopping certain medications, such as birth control; family history; and stress.
And we all know, suffering from adult acne can impact self esteem, business presentations and social confidence. According to a study conducted among 1,000 adult readers of HealthyWomen.org, 65% report that their acne makes them feel awkward and embarrassed because they are adults. 43% of the women said they are most aware of their acne when they are meeting someone for the first time, and 29% reported they are most aware of it when at work. Acne can even make women avoid social situations, as 32% of the women have made an excuse to not attend an event due to a breakout.
One would think that adult acne would send women to the dermatologist at a remarkable rate, but surprisingly 57% of the womenÂ in the survey have NEVER seen a dermatologist for their adult female acne and are attempting to treat it themselves.
A visit to the dermatologist is recommended as there are many options for treatments. One of the newest therapies is ACZONEÂ® , a topical treatment for acne vulgaris that has demonstrated positive results in women.
ACZONEÂ®Â (dapsone) Gel 5% (Allergan) treats acne gently but firmly.Â It’s not a benzoyl peroxide (BPO), nor an antibiotic.Â It helps control acne in a gentle way to give you clearer skin.Â Â The most common side effects of ACZONEÂ®Â Gel are dryness, redness, oiliness, and peeling.
Dr. Harper’s recommendation is to use it twice a day – just a pea sized amount all over your face, or the U-zone where you get breakouts. And don’t spot treat!
The results of ACZONE are impressive – inÂ clinical trials, almost 48.6% of women had little or no acne after 12 weeks of use.Â For more information visitÂ Aczone.com.Â Register for a FREE sample of ACZONE andÂ find a dermatologist near you.