It is a common misconception to think that acne only occurs in teenagers going through puberty. In fact, many people also experience acne in adulthood which can get really frustrating, especially when one thinks they are way past the puberty stage to still be dealing with it.
Thankfully, this woe can be resolved by first knowing and understanding the causes of adult acne then searching for the best acne treatment in Singapore.
Causes of acne in adults
1. Hormonal fluctuations
Hormonal fluctuations typically occur in the process of ageing or due to menstruation, pregnancy and breastfeeding in women. The changes in these male or female hormones can result in acne because of pH imbalance, inflammation or excessive sebum production.
Both emotional and physical stress can take a toll on your skin, triggering biological and hormonal changes that will lead to acne. When you are feeling stressed, more stress hormone cortisol is produced and causes an imbalance in the skin. When your body is going through physical stress such as lack of sleep or water, your weakened immune system may also result in acne.
3. Using the wrong products
Acne does not always occur due to biological factors, sometimes, using the wrong products may also cause acne to appear. For instance, using makeup or skincare products that are comedogenic may result in clogged pores and blackheads. Certain products may also contain synthetic fragrances that will irritate the skin and trigger not just acne, but also allergies.
Hereditary does play a role in adult acne – if both your parents have had severe acne, your risk of acne breakouts will be a lot higher. However, that does not mean acne treatments will not help – we will be covering more options in the latter part of this article.
5. Health conditions
Certain health conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), in which the ovaries produce an abnormal amount of male hormones, may cause acne in areas like the face, neck, chest and upper back.
Acne treatments available in Singapore
Now that you understand more about the common causes of acne in adults, it is time to find out what are some of the acne treatment options you have in Singapore.
1. Topical medications
If you decide to consult a doctor or dermatologist for your acne issues, chances are you will be first prescribed topical medications. They usually come in the form of creams or ointments that will help to improve acne by stopping the growth of any acne-causing bacteria.
2. Oral medications
But if you are dealing with more severe forms of acne, such as cystic acne, your doctor or dermatologist may recommend oral medications such as antibiotics to reduce bacteria. If these acne medications prove to be ineffective, you may be prescribed isotretinoin, a vitamin A derivative to decrease the size of sebaceous glands. Do take note to always do intensive research or consult your doctor before consuming these medications as they may have side effects.
3. Acne facials
Taking the leap of faith to ingest medications in hopes of improving your acne can be daunting, even though they are scientifically proven to be effective. So if want to try out conservative treatments before consulting a doctor or dermatologist, we recommend going for an acne facial if you are dealing with mild to moderate acne.
The Signature Extraction Facial Treatment here at Indulgence Beauty is one of our most popular treatments not without reason. Our estheticians are trained using only the advanced techniques of facial extraction that involve using the fingers to manipulate the skin around clogged pores to remove gunk. This method of extraction significantly reduces the chances of tearing and bruising the skin, which means less pain and redness – allowing it to heal quicker.
Consider making an appointment for our extraction facial to try it out for yourself. Get in touch with us today!