Types of Acne
Some of the most common types of acne in teens and adults are: Acne Vulgaris, which is the most common and can range in severity from mild (white heads), moderately severe (cysts) to extremely severe (acne congloblata); Acne Rosacea, this form of acne can also be seen in different levels of severity from mild rosacea which appears in almost rash-like patches to more severe types such as Rosacea Fulminans, which causes painful and inflamed pustules or nodules.
Causes of Acne in Teens and Adults
Hormones brought about by puberty, pregnancy, illness, and many other causes are one of the primary causes of acne in teens and some adults. Hormones are a very natural part of the growing up process and with such major changes taking place within ones body it is not hard to see how this can be a major cause of acne in teens and adults.
Bacteria can cause blemishes and unsightly black heads. Bacteria can be spread from touching the face with hands or other items, damage to the skin and many other ways. One of the most acne causing bacteria's possibly, is a bacteria found naturally on the skin, Propionibacterium. This bacteria under the right circumstances can trigger a process in the body that leads to inflammatory type acnes: red bumps, pustules.
Some medications can cause acne as a side effect. So be sure to read the insert or talk to your doctor about your medication and outbreaks. Some common types of medications that are known causes of teen acne and adult acne are: hormonal drugs, anti-depressant or mood stabilizing medications and barbiturates. There is no guarantee if you take these that you will have an outbreak of zits or pimples but if you do the chances are when you are no longer required to take the medication the skin problem will clear up on its own. You can also talk to your doctor about alternatives that have a lower risk of acne as a side effect.
Popular Products for Adult and Teen Acne
Some of the most popular products available today without a doctors prescriptions are: ProActiv Acne treatment system, which claims to be America's #1 choice and works for nearly all skin and acne types. Clear Skin Max is another multi-step acne treatment that gets pretty rave reviews. Multi-step and single step acne treatments are not your only options however, some other popular blemish products include face soaps that contain sulfur and many facial masks (homemade or store bought) that have natural antibacterial ingredients (such as honey). Make sure to do your own research though as these treatment products do not work for everyone and some may experience different results using the same products -- even if they suffer from the same condition and similar skin-types.
Be sure to talk to your dermatologist if you currently suffer from teen acne or adult acne to see if the cause or causes can be identified. That will give you a better chance of clearing up your skin problems and preventing any long term issues such as acne scars which can be difficult if not impossible to get rid of. You will also want to discuss the different treatment options, with your skin doctor, that may be available. Not every treatment, cleanser or prevention system is right for every type of acne or individual. So, if you do not understand what the underlying cause of your skin problems are or your condition has become painful or is affecting your day to day life in any way it is beneficial to take the steps to find out exactly what the causes are.