Acne Management in Adults over the Age of 35

February 10, 2005

Acne is not usually considered to be a disorder that affects adults, yet it even affects the elderly. It is common enough in adults over the age of 35 to be noteworthy. The variety known as "persisting acne" is ordinary acne that continues into adult life. "Chin acne" is a curious type that occurs premenstrually in mature women. "Sporadic acne" describes describes the sudden development of significant acne in later life for no apparent reason.

Possible causes of the development of acne in mature adults can include pore clogging skin care or drugs, androgen-secreting tumors and the administration of anabolic steroids. In treating mature adults topical retinoids and benzoyl peroxide easily irritate older skin. Azelaic acid and possibly sulfur preparations are preferable. The review was published in the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, Volume 5, issue 6 (November-December) 2004.

Review of Coenzyme Q10 in Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

In reviewing 8 published trials using Coenzyme Q10 for hypertension, the mean decrease in systolic blood pressure (the top value) was 16 mm Hg and the mean drop in diastolic blood pressure (the bottom value in a blood pressure reading) was 10 mm Hg. Being devoid of significant side effects CoQ10 may have a role as an adjunct or alternative to conventional agents in the treatment of hypertension. The research was analyzed by the Cardiac Surgical Research Unit, Alfred Hospital and Baker Institute, Melbourne, Australia, and is part of a review of the use of CoQ10 published in the journal Biofactors.