What is a good home remedy for middle age acne?

(Last Updated: Jun 8, 2007)

Hormonal imbalances can cause acne in adults just as easily as in teenagers. These imbalances can lead to overactive sebaceous glands, leaving you with oily skin that if not cared for properly, can lead to outbreaks of acne. Hormonal imbalances are more common if you have ovarian cysts, are pregnant, taking birth control pills or approaching menopause.

Here are a few home remedies for acne in middle age:

  • Do not squeeze or burst the pimples as it may result in spreading the bacteria and worsening the problem. It may also lead to scarring.
  • Minimize your use of cosmetics. If you must use any, use only non-comedogenic and oil-free products that will not clog your pores further. Avoid using alcohol-based cleansers.
  • Protect your skin from the sun by using sunscreen whenever you go out.
  • Use over-the-counter creams or lotion that contains benzoyl peroxide or resorcinol to clean your skin and unblock the pores.
  • Wash your face two to three times daily using a mild face wash.
  • Mild cases of acne can be treated with herbs such as aloe vera. There are also several homeopathic remedies such as calendula available. These remedies may take up to 8 weeks of consistent application before they show results so, be patient.
  • Avoid eating sugary foods. Take supplements of zinc, vitamin C and vitamin E but make sure you do no exceed the recommended daily allowance (RDA).
If your acne outbreak is severe then you should consult your doctor or a dermatologist. Medicine may help to prevent future outbreaks apart from dealing with the current one. Your doctor may prescribe you topical medications containing vitamin A derivatives such as tretinoin or tazarotene to unclog your pores and reduce inflammation.

Acne treatment for adults may also involve the use of stronger measures such as hormone therapy including birth control pills. However, these should only be undertaken after consulting your doctor or dermatologist. Instructions in regard to taking these medications should be adhered to.
In addition to topical medications, you may also be prescribed oral antibiotics. These medications work by killing bacteria and reducing inflammation and are usually prescribed in severe cases. The most commonly prescribed antibiotics are doxycycline, minocycline and tetracycline.
However, women who are pregnant should avoid taking these medications as they may cause severe side effects.

An oral medication known as isotretinoin (Accutane) may be prescribed in case of severe acne that does not respond to other treatments. It should also be avoided by pregnant women or those planning a child as it may cause birth defects.

Reference:

  1. http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/acne-000001.htm
  2. http://healthcare.utah.edu/healthlibrary/related/doc.php?type=1&id=2641

answered by G R

Minimize stress and improvement in lifestyle and diet is good enough. Rubbing garlic proves beneficial. Topical application of lime juice is effective.

answered by r k


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