How common is Hormonal ADULT ACNE?
In my experience, hormonal, or adult acne is extremely common and affects AT LEAST 25% of Singaporean women.
What is Hormonal or Adult ACNE?
1.You are no longer in puberty. You are in your 20s, your peak childbearing period.
- Location over your chin and jawline. And recurs over the SAME PLACE every month.
- Coincides with your Period cycles and patterns.
What contributes to Hormonal or Adult ACNE?
- LIFESTYLE – Stressful, lack of sleep, constant picking of pimples
- DIET – Rich in dairy and sugary food.
How can we treat Hormonal, adult Acne?
This is notoriously difficult to treat, and tends to recur. I like to advocate homecare, natural remedies as a first line. My step wise approach is 1. Natural 2. Medical 3. Oratane
HOMECARE | NATURAL REMEDIES
- Skincare – stick to non comedogenic ones
- Diet – Omit dairy product, sugary food
- Herbal – Anti inflammatory products, tea tree oil can help in some cases.
Not forgetting, if you notice, going on a holiday ALWAYS helps your hormonal acne. – Dr Daniel Chang
When natural remedies fail, this is your next option.
- Retinoids + Antibiotics: Start with topical, then progress to oral if needed
- Laser Peels
- Blue light therapy
In my practice, I only escalate to Oratane if all the above fails. As I find that not all Asians don’t respond well to it, many end up with skin irritation.
So I hope this segment on ADULT ACNE was useful. Remember, acne is not a battle to be fought alone. Doctors are here to help.
Have an ACNE FREE June Holiday!
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