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American Academy of Dermatology: New Study Finds Women More Likely Than Men to be Affected by Acne as Adults
Date:10/18/2007

re than men when we examined the 20-plus age groups," said Dr. Harper. "Research examining the role hormones play in the development of acne may hold the key to explaining why more adult women are affected by acne and could lead to future treatments to control this condition."

Dr. Harper added that the majority of study participants reported that the severity of their acne improved after their teenage years, which is consistent with previous studies suggesting that post-adolescent acne is generally mild or moderate. For example, 63 percent of men and 53.3 percent of women stated that their acne improved after their teenage years, while only 3.6 percent of men and 13.3 percent of women reported that their acne worsened post- adolescence.

"Despite the fact that adult acne tends to be generally milder than teenage acne, this common medical condition can have a significant impact on a person's overall quality of life -- regardless of when it occurs," explained Dr. Harper. "Involving a dermatologist in the diagnosis and treatment of acne is vital to managing this difficult condition."

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends the following tips for the proper care and treatment of acne:

-- To prevent scars, do not pop, squeeze or pick at acne; seek treatment

early for acne that does not respond to over-the-counter medications.

-- Gently wash affected areas twice a day with mild soap and warm water.

Vigorous washing and scrubbing can irritate your skin and make acne

worse.

-- Use "noncomedogenic" (does not clog pores) cosmetics and toiletries.

-- Use oil-free cosmetics and sunscreens.

-- Avoid alcohol-based astringents, which strip your skin of natural

moisture.

-- Shampoo hair often, daily if it is oily, though African-Americans may

prefer to wash it weekly.

-- Use medication as directed and allow enough time for acne products to

take effect.

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