anything but uncommon. Almost 90% of all people suffer from acne
at one time or another. Because the underlying cause of acne is
tied to hormonal activity, most individuals experience the worst
effects of acne during their teen years, while the onset of puberty
is causing your hormones to go into overdrive. However, despite the
reduced action of your hormones after adulthood, acne can still come
seemingly out of nowhere and effect people who have never even
suffered from teenage acne.
adult acne afflicts about 50% of adult women and 25% of adult men,
and these numbers are expected to rise. Scientists are still not
sure why the percentage of people experiencing adult acne is
increasing, but thankfully they have uncovered some evidence as to
why this variety of acne occurs.
It's important to keep in mind that most
cases of acne occur due to biological processes that you have little
or no control over. Your diet is an important factor, but while the
food you eat can sometimes contribute to the intensity of your acne,
it is usually not the cause. Exercise and even personal hygiene
seldom have anything to do with the underlying factors that lead to
breakouts. The real cause of acne is tied to your body's ability to
metabolize skin oil, and this isn't something you can fix with a
topical cream or cleanser.
the onset of puberty means an increase in hormonal activity. The
body's supply of Coenzyme A, an enzyme needed for the metabolism of
skin oil, is largely used for the production of
sex hormones instead. These hormones cause the sebaceous
glands in your pores to expand. This swelling of the glands,
combined with the excess skin oil that results from a lack of Coenzyme A, leads to
clogged pores and acne.
The cause of
adult acne is largely the same as teenage acne. The body still fails
to metabolize enough skin oil to keep it from building up in the
pores. This may be due to the fact that metabolic rates tend to
decrease with age. However, adults no longer have to deal with
puberty, so hormonal shifts should not produce as much of an effect.
Therefore, why does adult acne still afflict so many people?
found that while the intensity of hormonal shifts decrease after
puberty, the sensitivity of your glands actually increases. As such, a small hormonal shift that might not have effected you in
your teen years can lead a break-out during your 20's and 30's.
Experts don't know why this change occurs, but this is believed to
be the root cause of adult acne.
The good news is that adults can fight acne just as effectively as
anyone. By supplementing your diet with Clearade or Clear5, you
can increase the availability of Coenzyme A, thus better enabling
your body to break down skin oil. This doesn't stop hormonal shifts
from occurring (that could be hazardous to your health), it simply
allows your skin to handle whatever your hormones can throw at it.
Your body will be able to metabolize skin oil at a more efficient
rate, and for most people this totally puts a stop to acne.