You may think of acne as a teenage problem but research suggests it's affecting more and more successful women from their mid-twenties onwards
You may think of acne as a teenage problem but research suggests it’s affecting more and more successful women from their mid-twenties onwards.
It seems the pressure of climbing the career ladder is taking it’s toll on women’s skin as new research suggests high flyers are more prone to spots.
Around 50 per cent of women are encountering skin problems in adult life even if they were never spotty as teenagers and scientists believe this is down to the stress of success.
Women are now under much great pressure than previous generations and stress releases male hormones, which trigger more oil production and can lead to blocked pores.
Dermatologists at Nantes University Hospital have differentiated teenage acne from the adult version with women in their mid-twenties developing spots which are deeper under the skin compared to the usual T-zone scattering.
Dr Susannah Baron, of Canterbury Hospital, says: ‘It’s time to re-evaluate who we think gets acne. It’s not recognised enough how much it affects the lives of adult women.’
Women are up to three times more likely to suffer from acne than men, which could be because female skin is more sensitive to male hormones.
‘For many, it kicks in later in life when they have to juggle families and careers at the same time,’ say Dr Baron.
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