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):
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • General Toxicity
  • Bacterial Dysbiosis
  • High Female Testosterone
  • Constipation
  • Zinc Need
  • High Sugar Diet
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

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:
severe flatulence
sugar/sweet craving
low energy/stamina
hyperthyroidism
late term miscarriage
history of birth control pill use
severe allergies to certain foods
being nearly/totally bald
hot flashes during period
very early puberty onset
history of CFS diagnosis
inflamed cuticles
... and more than 100 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
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome 96% Confirm
Constipation 30% Unlikely
High Female Testosterone 15% Unlikely
Adrenal Fatigue 1% Ruled out
Zinc Need 1% Ruled out
General Toxicity 1% Ruled out
High Sugar Diet 1% Ruled out
Bacterial Dysbiosis 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.

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