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The Causes of Adult Acne and How to Help Treat It

By October 16, 2020May 2nd, 2023Acne Treatment

While breakouts are often associated with your pre-teen and teen years, acne can still be prevalent as an adult. The American Academy of Dermatology reports that a growing number of adults are suffering from acne later in life, but the exact cause is unclear. Unfortunately, women are often more prone to adult acne than men.

What Causes Adult Acne?

While adult acne often results from the same culprit as teenage acne—pores clogged by bacteria, skin cells, and oil—the cause of these skin conditions may be different as women reach their 20s and 30s. Fluctuating hormones can cause skin changes that are more susceptible to breakouts. Changes in estrogen and testosterone levels near the beginning of a menstrual cycle can make skin oilier, leading to acne breakouts. Birth control pills may curb acne and oily skin for some women, but switching to a different birth control method or getting off of the pill completely can possibly increase oil production and clogged pores.

Some researchers have linked adult acne in women to increased stress levels, dietary factors like dairy or carbohydrates, or even genetics.

How to Help Treat Acne

Work with an experienced dermatologist to develop an acne treatment plan that fits your lifestyle and skin needs. Possible treatment options include:

– Using gentle cleansers to wash away makeup, dirt, and grime without being harsh on the skin

– Choosing cosmetics with non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic ingredients. These ingredients are less likely to clog pores and cause breakouts.

– Using moisturizing gels and serums instead of creamy lotions and moisturizers, which can clog pores

– Seeking advanced treatment options like chemical peels, laser treatments, and light therapies

Our board-certified dermatologists at The Dermatology Clinic can work with you to help manage and treat your acne. We’ll help you create a customized treatment plan tailored to your specific skincare needs. Contact our Baton Rouge clinic to schedule an appointment.