Acne is hardly just a teen phenomenon. Millions of adults suffer from postadolescent acne, which can be classified as either inflammatory or comedonal. The breakouts may seem to be beyond sufferers’ control, but a team of European researchers wanted to determine if an unhealthy habit plays a part in acne.
Dermatologists examined more than 200 women between 25 and 50 years old to assess acne type, finding that most, 85%, had comedonal postadolescent acne (CPAA). But it was another majority that surprised the researchers.
Of the women suffering from CPAA, an astonishing 73% are confirmed smokers. Only 30% of women with papulopustular acne (a form of inflammatory acne) reported a smoking habit.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, concluded that comedonal acne not only appears to be the most common kind of postadolescent acne, but that it is clearly connected to smoking in a remarkably high number of its sufferers.
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