Mortgage payments, changing nappies, utility bills… and acne? Yes, adults can suffer from acne too. Acne is an issue that stays with some people past their teenage years and well into adulthood. It can also reappear later in life, but it will depend on why you are suffering from acne.

We’re all aware of how acne can appear on your face, but for some people, it can also appear on various parts of the body such as the back, chest and shoulders as well. It’s said that it is the ‘male’ hormone (primarily testosterone) that has a large part to play in causing acne, so whether you are male or female, it may well be your hormones that are to blame. However, there are a number of other things that may be causing your acne.

Stress: There is a strong connection between stress and acne. In response to stress, the body produce more hormones which stimulate the oil glands and hair follicles in the skin, which can lead to acne.

Medication side effect: Acne can be a side effect of some medicines. If you suspect that a medicine is triggering your acne or making it worse, it’s time to consult your doctor.

Hair and skin care products: Some hair and skin care products can cause acne and are an additional factor in the appearance of pimples. When shopping for beauty products, look for ones that are oil-free.

When acne affects adults, it’s often accompanied with a serious loss of self-esteem. It can be challenging to head to the office if you’re feeling self-conscious, and whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and cysts aren’t very good company.

There are different types of acne and because men have different skin types, what works for one man’s skin may not work for another. Some men will see their acne disappear with a simple treatment, like cleansing the skin daily, while others will need targeted skincare products, or even require a course of laser therapy.

Esq Clinic offers a wide range of treatments, individualised for each patient, including acne targeting skin care and acne specific laser treatments, which safely penetrates deep into the skin to effectively target overactive sebaceous glands, and reduces the risk of developing new acne inflammation and recurring infections within the same follicle.

When it comes down to it, acne is treatable, and with the right treatment plan it can be effectively managed and its effects on the skin minimized and controlled. Now that’s something to smile about!