Adult Acne – 3 Tips to Overcoming Acne After Your Teenage Years

In this article, we would be talking about suffering from acne as an adult and the various circumstances surrounding it. We would also be talking about a few tips individuals can apply to overcoming adult acne.

More often than not, zits, acne and pimples are ailment associated with teenagers. In actuality however, adult acne is far more common than you think it is. Some adults that survived their teenage years free from acne may carry the notion that acne will therefore never plague them again, but some of them may end up eating their own very words when the first sign of acne hits them when they are adults.

Statistically, it has been established that about 40% of all acne treatment products are sold to adults.

Now what is it that actually causes acne in adults, long after their stint as a teenager? There are a myriad of possibilities. Some people think that poor personal hygiene is a cause. It isn’t. In fact, hormonal imbalances or blocked pores on the skin’s surface cause most cases of acne, even in adults.

The good news, however, is that all forms of acne are curable, even adult acne.

As such, in this article, we would be covering a few tips individuals can apply to overcoming acne after their teenage years.

Don’t Get The First Over-The-Counter (OTC) Product You See

Some adults, as a knee jerk reaction to suddenly suffering from acne, react immediately by heading to the pharmacy to get their hands on the first bottle of an OTC prescription they can get. This often harms them more than it aids the situation, because most of these OTC products are made primarily to deal with teenage acne, and their potency often is not made to deal with adult acne.

Seek Professional Advice

As such, the best measure one can apply is visit a dermatologist or a trained physician to get professional advice. The dermatologist would be able to, more accurately, determine the cause of the acne and therefore provide a better means of treatment for the ailment, as opposed to getting OTC products from a pharmacy. The situation may not be that severe, and in some cases, maybe a dosage of certain oral antibiotics may be able to clear your skin of acne for a long time.

Take Good Care Of Your Skin

This is really “duh” advice, but essentially you really want to take care of your skin well, regardless of your acne condition or age. Well, even if you do not suffer from acne you also must take good care of your skin. Prevention is better than cure. Establish a cleansing routine for your skin, and this will prove to be a great benefit to both your hygiene and your skin.

We talked about a variety of measures that can be applied to deal with adult acne, and I do wish that you take good care of your health and your skin! Seek professional advice and do relevant research if you ever have doubts, more information always helps!

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Recovering From Past Trauma: 8 Things Parents of Young Adults Can Do to Be Supportive

People who have experienced a traumatic event in their childhood such as a natural disaster, assault, or childhood abuse are survivors who often struggle in recovering during their adolescence and young adulthood. Surviving trauma is not the same as recovering, and if you talk to trauma survivors, then you may find that there is an underlined desire for healing. Healing from a traumatic event is an individual process that is different for everyone. Recovering from a childhood trauma is being able to live in the present without being overwhelmed and distressed by thoughts and feelings of the past. It’s normal for parents of young adults and teens hold onto the hope that their child will be okay and able to move forward in a loving and respectful relationship, a stable career, and on the path of starting a family. It’s possible for young people to heal from past trauma if they are ready to begin their healing process, and there are important things for parents to know.

How Trauma Affects Young Adults

What’s often misunderstood about trauma is that everyone who experiences a traumatic event will have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Truth be told, while many young people will experience stress following the aftermath of trauma, few develop the full range of symptoms that include hypervigilance, and a significant decline in functioning in everyday life. While there is truth to the old saying that “time heals all wounds”, healing from painful emotions of the traumatic event often requires working actively to address what happened in therapy and process it emotionally.

Young adult and adolescent survivors of trauma are often deeply affected long after the traumatic event, and distressing feelings and memories of the event can be replayed over in their minds. Issues that arise from unresolved trauma can be having difficulty with setting boundaries with others, which can either prevent them from developing close relationships out of fear of being hurt, or beginning a relationship with anyone who shows them interest. Survivors of early childhood trauma can often experience episodes of depression that are marked with difficulty in sleeping, and possibly blaming themselves for what happened to them.

Their Reaction is Normal

Young adults can sometimes feel as though their lives are out of control, and they can feel ashamed that they are struggling for months, or even years after a traumatic event because they may feel as though they should get over it. Messages from people around us (often well-intentioned) support that belief and feeling of shame. Some may even desire to put it behind them and get back to how things were in life before their trauma. Acknowledging what happened is something that can give young people a sense of relief that they are not crazy, but rather experiencing something real.

There are 8 things that parents of teens and young adults need to know in being supportive in the healing process of past trauma.

1. Get Informed

Becoming informed about how trauma affects people will not only give you a better understanding of what symptoms of PTSD look like, but also a greater amount of compassion and connection. Having information about what types of treatment are available can also strengthen your role as their support system.

2. Acknowledge What They Share

When the time comes for your loved one to share their story with you about what happened, the most important thing you can do is to acknowledge and validate how they feel about the experience. What this means is to listen attentively without judging how they feel about it, or giving advice with how they should feel. Sometimes you don’t need to say much of anything, but rather assure them that it’s okay to feel however they are feeling in that moment.

3. Learn the Virtue of Patience

Patience for a loved one comes from understanding and compassion. People with traumatic experiences can often have other issues they struggle with such as substance abuse and problems having stable relationships. So many parents become burned out by how their teen or adult children act out. Self-destructive behavior can result in parents unintentionally becoming enablers or shutting out their loved ones out of their lives. Being patient and firm with boundaries is something that can help someone with trauma and other co-occurring issues to seek professional help.

4. Prepare for Crisis

People who struggle with past trauma will most often also struggle with depression. If your teen or adult child talks about having thoughts about killing themselves, then be ready to take immediate action to get them help. Getting connected with a mental health professional early can help to reduce the chances of suicidal ideation.

5. Expect and Accept Change

Accepting that with working through trauma issues, there are likely to be changes in the relationship that you have with your loved one. Establishing boundaries in family relationships and talking about how they feel and think about their lives can change how they see themselves, others, and the choices they make.

6. Allow Your Loved One to Work through the Process

It can be very frustrating for a parent wishing for their loved one to be okay and free from the distress of painful memories and emotions. If your teen or adult child is actively involved in treatment for their trauma, then trust in them being a survivor who is taking control of their lives and their ability to heal, and respect that it will take time to heal. There is no time-table for how long it can take for someone to work through past trauma, and they will get there when they are ready.

7. Don’t Push Your Loved One Before They Are Ready

Pushing your loved one to do something or feel something before they are ready can backfire and create distance. Parents of teens and young adults can sometimes project their own feelings onto their loved one. Make sure that while you are being supportive of their healing process, that you are tending to your own emotions and taking ownership of it. If your loved one was physically or sexually abused, it’s normal to feel anger, but keep that away from them having to deal with it.

8. Encourage Your Loved One to Work with a Therapist

Finding a mental health professional that specializes in trauma, and who your loved one feels comfortable working with can be a big step in addressing past trauma. There are many evidenced based approaches that therapists use in assisting clients in working through trauma. One approach is Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), that focuses on the wide range of emotional and behavioral problems associated with single, multiple and complex trauma experiences. Another effective approach in particular is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which uses a person’s own rapid, rhythmic eye movements to reduce the intensity of emotionally charged memories of the traumatic experience.

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Adult ADD & ADHD – Top 10 Myths

Adult ADD/ADHD is gaining recognition amongst professionals and society at large. It is perceived by many to be a new disorder, discovered or made up by psychiatrists in the last decade. Like most things we perceive of as being new, adult ADD and ADHD are subject to skepticism and myths. There is suspicion on many fronts that adult ADD/ADHD and even childhood ADD/ADHD is a made up disorder created by psychiatrists in association with pharmaceutical companies to sell a new type of drug. While skepticism and awareness are healthy ideals, in the case of adult ADD/ADHD this skepticism does not seem warranted. The symptoms are very real and wreak havoc in the lives of those with the disorder.

Adult ADD/ADHD has been present with us for much longer than many people aware. It is not a new disorder, but one that has only recently gained recognition amongst and been labeled by professionals. Most adults who have been diagnosed with the disorder are those who should have been diagnosed in childhood but were not. And while the symptoms and signs of adult ADD/ADHD are real to its sufferers and treatment has been proven to alleviate these symptoms the myths continue. So what are some of the most common myths surrounding the diagnosis do adult ADD and ADHD?

1. ADD/ADHD is a disorder of children. Adults can not have ADD/ADHD.

While it is more likely to be diagnosed with ADD/ADHD as a child, adults can and do suffer from the symptoms of adult ADD/ADHD. Most people who are diagnosed with ADD/ADHD as adults already had the disorder as children, but were either not diagnosed or misdiagnosed.

2. Adults with ADD/ADHD simply need to lead more disciplined organized lives.

Adults with ADD/ADHD have tried to lead more disciplined and organized lives, but have failed. The medical disorder makes it difficult to impossible for adult sufferers to maintain the focus required to stay organized and on track.

3. ADHD symptoms can be overcome without intervention.

Some adults with ADD/ADHD find enough self help treatments to live an organized disciplined life. They create to do lists, take advantage of calendars and timers,and find other ways to organize their live. For many adults with ADD/ADHD these methods do not help and they need to seek help from physicians, personal organizers and counsellors.

4. ADHD is a made up disorder.

With the large number of children currently diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, parents and others are beginning to question whether ADD is even a real disorder. The symptoms that those diagnosed with the disorder endure and the effect these symptoms have on the lives of those with the disorder are very real.

5. People who seek medication for ADHD are really just drug seekers.

Ritalin has been and continues to be abused by adults who use the drug for a quick high. Some have compared its effect as almost cocaine like in adults who do not need the stimulant medication. Ritalin, though, is not usually prescribed to adults with ADD/ADHD. Longer lasting medications with a slower build up such as Concerta and Adderall are prescribed to adults. The effect of these medications are less intense than those of Ritalin so are not attractive to abusers.

6. Medication can cure ADHD.

Medications can help with the symptoms of adult ADD/ADHD but are not a cure for the disorder.

7. You’re not hyperactive so you don’t have ADD.

Only adults diagnosed with ADHD deal with the hyperactivity component of the disorder. This symptom shows itself in signs such as restlessness and risk taking. Adults without hyperactivity are diagnosed with ADD rather than ADHD. These adults share almost all the same symptoms as those with ADHD, but are not as likely to be hyperactive and restless.

8. Children with ADD/ADHD always outgrow the disorder.

While many children do outgrow their ADD/ADHD symptoms a large number carry the disorder with them into adulthood. SOme who seem to have outgrown the disorder may simply have found useful coping methods that help them live their lives without professional intervention.

9. You can not lead a normal life with ADD

Most adults with ADD/ADHD function very well. Medical and other professional interventions have helped some, while many work with their ADD/ADHD personalities to create lives that are very compatible with the disorder.

10. Medications help all cases of adult ADHD

Medication is helpful in approximately 58% of cases. Some adults find a combination of medication along with ongoing support from a counsellor or other professional to be more helpful. Others find the side effects of medications to be intolerable and function better with the with the help of professional cognitive treatment, or self help methods.

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