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Health 24.03.18 

How To Cure Adult Acne

What is Adult Acne?

Did you find yourself covered in spots as a teenager only for people to continuously tell you that your acne will go away with age?  Although this is true in most cases, for some individuals, acne continues throughout adulthood.  Acne is described as a skin condition that causes numerous red pimples on the face, which people find hard to cover up.  Find out more about what adult acne is in this WebMD article.

What Causes Acne?

Acne is caused when tiny holes in the skin (hair follicles) become blocked. Sebaceous glands are tiny glands found near the surface of your skin. The glands are attached to hair follicles, which are small holes in your skin that an individual hair grows out of.

Sebaceous glands lubricate the hair and the skin to stop it becoming too dry. They do this by producing sebum (an oily substance).  In acne, the glands begin to produce too much sebum. The excess sebum mixes with dead skin cells and both substances form a plug in the follicle.  If the plugged follicle is close to the surface of the skin, it bulges outwards, creating a whitehead.

How to Cure Adult Acne – Pharmacy Products

There are numerous ways to cure and prevent adult acne.  Firstly, we will discuss items that can only be purchased from a pharmacist.  Acne medication that is prescribed may include:

  • Topical antibiotics
  • Retinoids
  • Antibiotic tablets
  • The contraceptive pill

Although these prescriptions need a doctor’s consent, you may wish to discuss your symptoms with a pharmacist who can offer alternatives to pills.  A good example of this is ‘Acnecide’ – a strong cream that reduces spots.

How to Cure Adult Acne – Over the Counter Products

If you suffer with acne it is important to keep your skin clean to prevent more pores becoming blocked.  Therefore, you should cleanse, tone and moisturise daily (you can purchase these products for around £3 each!) to make sure your skin is clean.

We also recommend looking at acids such as Salicylic Acid to help to clear your pores.  Companies such as The Ordinary sell these types of acids for a little as £4.50, which is a great price point in comparison to other brands.

More questions? Why not head over to our website www.rxlive.co.uk to speak to a pharmacist on live chat!

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