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How to Address Acne in the Elderly

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While acne is more common in teenagers and young adults, seniors can also experience breakouts. There are many reasons why seniors develop acne, ranging from hormonal changes to medications.

Although acne is relatively uncommon in seniors, it is not the only health condition they are prone to. There are a variety of age-related health conditions that can make it more challenging for seniors to live independently. However, many of the challenges they face can be easier to manage if their families opt for professional home care. In Granite Bay, families can rely on expertly trained caregivers to keep their loved ones safe and comfortable while aging in place.

Here are a few ways people over the age of 60 can treat acne breakouts. 

Maintain a Healthy Skincare Regimen

Acne is caused when pores are clogged by bacteria, dirt, oil, or an overproduction of sebum. While underlying health issues can lead to breakouts, sometimes acne can be cleared up with an appropriate skincare routine. Seniors should wash their faces with a gentle cleanser twice a day and use only non-comedogenic products, which do not clog pores. 

To fight off the bacteria that cause acne, seniors can try using a product that contains a small amount of salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Seniors should stay away from acne products for teenagers, as they can be too harsh for aging skin. 

Investigate the Medicine Cabinet

Acne can also be caused by medications. Seniors who are suddenly afflicted by acne should take a look at their prescriptions to see if acne is listed as a side effect. For example, lithium, antidepressants, chemotherapy drugs, and anabolic steroids are known to contribute to acne in adults. If seniors think one of their prescriptions is contributing to their breakouts, they should discuss the matter with their doctor. The doctor may be able to alter the medication or prescribe an additional drug to alleviate the side effects. 

Visit a Dermatologist

Some seniors can cure acne with a good skincare regimen and some over-the-counter acne products. However, other cases require the assistance of a dermatologist. For example, some postmenopausal women experience acne due to a change in hormones. Hormonal acne is often located on the cheeks, chin, and jawline. 

Senior women with acne should visit a dermatologist. Hormonal acne is more resistant to over-the-counter topical products than traditional acne, but a dermatologist can prescribe topical and oral medications such as antibiotics and retinol products. 

Performing daily tasks while simultaneously managing the symptoms of a serious illness can be challenging for seniors. The Granite Bay live-in care experts at Home Care Assistance are available 24/7 to make sure your loved one has the care he or she needs to remain safe and comfortable while aging in place.

Seek Stress Relief

Stress is one of the other major causes of acne in seniors, as it leads to an increase in sebum production. If new breakouts are caused by an increase in stress levels, seniors should find some way to relieve their anxiety. Meditation and breathing exercises can be a great way to relieve tension. Seniors should look for yoga classes in their area, as this exercise helps decrease stress levels and enhance overall wellbeing. Seniors should also stick to a healthy sleep schedule. Getting eight hours of sleep a night relieves anxiety and gives skin a chance to recover.

If your elderly loved one needs help maintaining healthy habits, consider hiring a professional home caregiver. Granite Bay families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide dedicated and compassionate in-home caregivers who are trained in our holistic Balanced Care Method, which was designed to encourage seniors to exercise often, eat nutritious foods, maintain strong social ties, and focus on other lifestyle factors that promote longevity. For details about our holistic senior care plans, call one of our friendly Care Managers at 916.226.3737 today.