Teen Acne Vs. Adult Acne

It is a common knowledge that acne is suffered by almost everybody especially during puberty years. It is a skin disease that is caused by excessive secretion of sebum or oil by the sebaceous glands. An individual aged twelve to twenty-five has a more active sebaceous gland. This is a normal change in the body. Acne develops when the excess oil cannot be released on the pores of the skin. A bacterium breeds in the oil underneath the skin causing inflammation or swelling. Usually this happens when the pores of the skin is blocked by dead skin cells. Shedding of skin cells is another normal change that happens in a human body. Acne that happens during puberty stage is generally called teen acne.

But it is a fact in human existence that acne does not only happen during puberty years. Sometimes it extends or would bloom late. This is called adult acne. A higher percentage of the male population suffers acne compared with the female population during puberty stage, adult acne happens to one out of five of females between twenty-five to forty years of age. Another triggering factor of acne among female adults is hormones. Unlike women, men do not have monthly periods. Puberty years for men ends by the age of twenty-five. After that sebaceous glands return to its normal amount of secretion. Whereas women’s period continue and do not stop until menopausal stage.

Acne during puberty years are very much different compared to adult acne. As a person ages, his or her skin becomes thinner thus making it more sensitive. If teen acne is more of a result of excessive sebum production, adult acne is more of a result of dehydration and skin sensitivity. And if teen acne usually grow on the face’s t-zone (the area of your forehead and nose), adult acne grows on the mouth, jawline, and chin. Also, cellular walls of the skin pore gradually weakens when an individual ages. Its outcome is larger pores. Larger pores mean your skin is more prone to clogging.

These differences between teen acne and adult acne mean different approaches to solutions too. One must be remember that adult skin is much more sensitive, so high percentage of ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid is only helpful for teen acne. Always read a brand’s labels to guide you when you are buying a skin care product. What might be good product for teen acne is not ideally good for a person suffering from adult acne.