Adult Acne

What Causes Adult Acne?

Adult acne can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'very minor' to 'very serious'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose adult acne, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "adult acne" as a symptom.  Here are eight of many possibilities (more below):
  • EFA Need
  • Hirsutism
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Vitamin K Need
  • Need For Dietary Improvement
  • Zinc Need
  • Constipation
  • Vitamin A Need

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
sun-induced headaches
weak appetite
very early puberty onset
oily hair
zinc test metallic/fuzzy/sweet
coffee consumption
frequent infections
current birth control pill use
high added salt consumption
much reduced sense of smell
discontinued iron supplementation
history of polyps
... and more than 60 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of adult acne:
Cause Probability Status
Zinc Need 97% Confirm
Need For Dietary Improvement 20% Unlikely
EFA Need 12% Unlikely
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome 5% Ruled out
Hirsutism 1% Ruled out
Vitamin K Need 0% Ruled out
Constipation 0% Ruled out
Vitamin A Need 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Existing Skin Conditions section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about adult acne:
Have you had Adult Acne?
Possible responses:
→ Never had it / not applicable / don't know
→ Probably had it/minor episode(s) now resolved
→ Major episode(s) now resolved
→ Current minor problem
→ Current major problem
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either history of adult acne or adult acne, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Among women with resistant acne (acne not responding to conventional treatments), PCOS is very common.

Constipation

Bowel toxins from poor digestion or a prolonged transit time may contribute to acne.

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