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Adult Acne in the News

I was catching up on my email and found a link to a really great article in the Beacon Journal which profiles several adults who are suffering with adult acne. It’s an interesting article because not one of those profiled used the exact same treatment to deal with their acne. They each had a different approach which worked for them. As I’ve written dozens of times – it’s a matter of testing and testing and testing (and having a really good dermatologist who is sympathetic to your acne concerns) until you find which skin care regimen works for you. Just as I did until I found the skin care program that helps me keep the acne under control and on occassion keep my skin clear.

Some of those interviewed said they developed acne as adults while others said they never outgrew the acne. It’s really scary to imagine having pimples since you were a teenager until you’re in your 70’s which was the case for this woman:

Dolores Settera, 73, has had acne since she was 14 and recalls the days of tar soaps and X-ray treatments.

“It’s kind of been a blessing because I haven’t had to deal with wrinkles and stuff,” said Settera, of Oakland, Calif.

Acne keeps her young in spirit, too.

“My husband and I had reservations for our 30th anniversary last year and I looked like a unicorn with a pimple right on my nose,” she recalled, laughing. “I guess there are some things you just don’t outgrow.”

Then there’s the story about the woman who didn’t develop acne until she turned 30 – and the various treatments she underwent actually made her physically ill and also caused the acne to worsen (I can empathize with her – Antibiotics and Cleocin messed my body up and did little to clear my pimples).

Linda Piazza escaped adolescence with few pimples. As an adult, she wasn’t so lucky.

It started when she was 30. Through with having her children and in a high-stress consulting job, Piazza began breaking out on her face. Over-the-counter products didn’t help. A dermatologist prescribed an antibiotic that gave Piazza horrible panic attacks. Later, a day spa treated her acne with a chemical peel that made the raised, red bumps even worse.

“I was in tears,” said Piazza, now 40, of Dublin. “At my age, I didn’t understand why I had acne.”

[…] It took Piazza a decade to find the right dermatologist and regimen — oral and topical — to clear up her skin while preventing future blemishes. That is the trick to treating acne, said her dermatologist, Dr. Jerome Potozkin of Walnut Creek, Calif.

The article also discusses the devastating effects those who suffer with adult acne are subjected to physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Dan Kern’s acne started at age 11. In his case, it just never stopped.

By college, Kern had tried salicylic acid; Retin-A; clindamycin, a topical antibiotic; and sulfur to reduce hundreds of pimples on his face. All yielded minor results. The latter two actually made it worse.

“My skin plummeted to levels I had never seen,” said Kern, now 34, of San Francisco.

By his early 20s, Kern had severe cystic lesions and pustules on his back.

“I would never consider removing my shirt for anyone,” he recalled. “At my low point, I would not look at myself in the mirror. I just kept the light off in the bathroom and slept 14 hours a day.” (Editor note– Dan Kearn is the founder of acne.org)

Source: Ohio Beacon Journal

Submitted by Ms. distressedDERMA on Saturday, 13 January 2007


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