Severe acne can occur in adult men and women, but it's relatively rare. One study in the United Kingdom of more than 1,000 men and women over age 18 found that fewer than 1% had acne severe enough to cause scars. Of course, plenty of people experience milder breakouts well into adulthood. But here's one benefit of aging: Acne flare-ups are unusual after age 60.
Jeffrey W Scales, MD
Location and Office HoursNorth Carolina Center for Dermatology
Durham, NC 27713
- BC/BS of North Carolina
- CIGNA HealthCare
- United Healthcare
- WellPath Select
- Durham Regional Hospital
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What should I know about using sunscreen if I have plaque psoriasis?
Exposure to sunlight can help heal plaque psoriasis, but be sure you have applied a good broad-spectrum sunscreen because your plaque psoriasis may worsen if you get sunburned. Talk to your doctor or dermatologist about the best sunscreen options for your plaque psoriasis because the affected skin can be sensitive or sore. Try a sunscreen product made for sensitive skin.
If you have a serious case of plaque psoriasis, talk to your doctor about exposure to sunlight and how to best protect your sensitive skin.
What can I do about flaking on my eyelids?
The flaking along the eyelid margins comes from secretions from oil secreting glands near the eyelash follicles. This is a condition called blepharitis. You can clean these flakes off with a dilute baby shampoo solution and cotton balls or a commercially available pretreated towelette. Also warm compresses can help reduce these secretions. Persistence or worsening of these symptoms requires evaluation by a specialist.
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