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Treating acne in aged skin.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:49 pm 
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The popular belief is that acne is a problem faced only by the teens. On the contrary, research has shown that acne is equally prevalent in people over 25 years of age. As skin gets older it demands a lot more care and attention. So apart from treating acne, older people have to deal with the normal aging process of the skin too. As the skin becomes more sensitive in old age, people have to be more careful before using any product on their skin.

Not many pharmaceutical companies cater to the needs of older people in terms of acne treatment. Therefore, it becomes a greater area of concern for them. Acne in older people are generally caused by hormonal changes.

In older people treatments used should depend on the skin quality. If the skin is very sensitive then mild products should be used. Salicylic Acid is considered better than other drugs.

A proper skin care routine should be formulated to get rid of acnes. Face should be regularly cleansed twice a day with mild soap. The skin should never be exfoliated as that can cause rashes and develop more cysts on the skin. Another major factor that contributes to acne is dandruff and oil in the hair. Hair should be kept oil free and dandruff free to avoid any blockage of pores that leads to acne.

Of the various treatments available in the market Photodynamic Treatment (PDT) is one of the latest methods available. In this, a special chemical is applied to the skin that is activated by a particular wavelength of light. It not only helps in removal of acne from the skin but also helps in improvement of the over all health of the skin and in improving the wrinkled skin.

In old age people generally develop sporadic acne. For treating them, ointments should be applied specifically on the affected area and not on the entire face. This may cause the acne to spread over other areas also. Antibiotics are also used for treating acne. Isotretinon can also be recommended in certain cases but this powerful drug should not be taken without proper medical advice

Evening primrose oil and black currant seed oil are the best home remedies for treating acne in older people. They are taken in capsule form for a few months before any result can be expected.


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