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Why Do Some Aging Adults Get Acne?

Acne is not common among seniors, but it does occur. While a small dusting of pimples is often little more than an aesthetic concern, acne vulgaris may indicate a larger, underlying medical condition. Seniors and their caregivers should consult a doctor to distinguish between mild breakouts and more serious skin issues.

If you are not always available to take your loved one to medical appointments, consider hiring a professional caregiver. Columbus elderly care experts are available to provide high-quality care to seniors on an as-needed basis. From assistance with mobility and exercise to providing transportation to the doctor’s office and social events, there are a variety of ways professional caregivers can help your aging loved one continue to live independently.

What Is Acne Vulgaris?

Acne vulgaris manifests as breakouts across the face and various parts of the body and includes blackheads, whiteheads, and sometimes larger cystic blemishes. The condition is caused by a significant spike in the production of androgen hormones that send the oil glands into overdrive. This causes the pores to fill with excess oil, sebum, and debris ultimately resulting in unattractive and potentially painful acne. 

The Difference Between Acne Vulgaris and Pimples

Acne vulgaris is the outward sign of an underlying hormonal problem and is therefore unlikely to go away with topical treatments. It is often widespread and may appear as breakouts on the chest, arms, buttocks, face, and back. Until sebum and oil production wane, the pores remain prone to blockage and outbreaks continue to occur. However, pimples typically arise as the result of changes in a person’s self-care or beauty routine. These can be caused by makeup, oil-based moisturizers, irritants in soap or lotion, and other topical sources. Pimples are typically localized and often resolve on their own.

Preventing Adult Pimples

Aging adults should shop for gentle, non-comedogenic products that are less likely to clog the pores or cause skin irritation. Keeping the hands away from the face to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria is also important. If pimples develop on the buttocks, chest, or back, it may indicate contact dermatitis rather than blocked pores. Consult a dermatologist to identify the underlying causes of your loved one’s skin irritation and find the best solutions for him or her. Caregivers should also consider the products they are using, such as a certain laundry detergent that may be impacting a seniors’ health and his or her skin.

Whether your elderly loved one needs part-time assistance with basic household chores or you need a break from your caregiving duties, the Columbus respite home care experts at Home Care Assistance are here to help. All of our respite care services are backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, there are no hidden fees in our contracts, and we never ask our clients to sign long-term contracts.

Managing Acne Vulgaris

Acne vulgaris often occurs in women during perimenopause and immediately after the onset of menopause. The normal age-related decrease in estrogen hormones can lead to dry, itchy, and irritated skin. However, excess stress, anxiety, and additional factors can result in increased production of cortisol and other stress hormones. These internal changes affect the body’s ability to naturally regulate menopause symptoms with estrogen-like chemicals produced by the adrenals. This in turn leads to higher levels of androgen hormones and problems like acne, moderate hair loss, mood fluctuations, and general discomfort. All aging women who are experiencing severe menopause symptoms are advised to consult their doctors about treatments to alleviate the side effects of estrogen loss. Balancing the internal chemistry is the safest and most effective way to clear up acne breakouts affecting the face, décolletage, back, buttocks, arms, and legs.

While many seniors may be able to self-manage the prescribed treatment for conditions like acne, they may require assistance when managing more serious conditions such as Alzheimer’s. Columbus, OH, Alzheimer’s care professionals are available 24/7 to help seniors manage daily tasks like bathing, grooming, exercise, and medication reminders. At Home Care Assistance, we believe seniors with Alzheimer’s can live safely and comfortably at home with the help of compassionate and expertly trained caregivers. To find out about the types of home care services we offer, call (614) 481-8888 and request a consultation.