It’s a fact of teenage life: When puberty hits, hormonal acne often does, too. Different types of acne can manifest severely for some, whereas others escape with just a whitehead or two. No matter what kind, all teenagers will experience a bout of acne and that’s totally – and I cannot stress it enough – normal!
The prime culprits of most types of acne are heredity and While acne isn’t a serious health condition, it can lead to psychological drawbacks among teens. Children may become less confident, lose self-esteem and become extremely conscious. Especially if the acne leaves behind scars, the loss of self-esteem is exponential, and this becomes a serious problem.
As an adult, especially in your late 20s and early 30s, fluctuating hormones can again cause your skin to break out. But it’s not just that – cosmetic acne is a newer kind of acne that is triggered by the usage of make-up and can occur anywhere on the body.
Stress, medications and genes play a very important role too. These factors tend to affect the skin more severely as one grows wiser.
Irrespective of whether you’re 13 or 30, medical intervention is only necessary if your hormonal acne is causing you pain. Sometimes, your acne might progress to a moderate or severe stage, where you’ll notice nodules or cysts. This too will warrant a visit to the doctor. Read more on the different For the most part, OTC medications should do the job. But if you feel your hormonal acne is taking a toll on your mental and physical health, you should seek medical help. Never forget that you don’t need a reason to consult with a dermatologist: your skin is always and forever your say.
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