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Understanding the Causes and Prevention of Adult Acne

By October 4, 2016May 11th, 2023Skin Care

Adult acne is more common than one might expect. Normally, acne is associated with teenagers, but studies show that a significant number of adults are affected as well. It has a variety of causes, but with the right treatment regimen provided by the Dermatology Clinic, adult acne can be prevented and controlled.


Stress causes us to release more cortisol, a hormone that plays a role in increased oil production. This oil clogs up pores and leads to inflammation and pimples because P. acnes bacteria are able to reproduce and grow within the pores. To prevent stress, try your best to get a full night’s sleep. Testosterone is another hormone that leads to more oil production. An increase in testosterone may occur more regularly for premenopausal women and also before menstruation.

Adult acne is also affected by the food we eat. Foods high in sugar, such as bread and pasta lead to increased blood sugar. As a result, the body reacts with an inflammatory response and pimples can surface. Acne is also linked to dairy products. This may be because of the hormones that were given to the animals that produce the dairy. Consuming organic alternatives may help reduce breakouts. Lastly, there may be a link between chocolate and acne.


The Dermatology Clinic physicians can customize a plan to help control acne. It carries a variety of cleansers that help to unclog pores and prevent adult acne. It is recommended to use a cleanser that contains one to two percent salicylic acid, which is derived from willow tree bark. Exfoliants are useful because they help shed dead skin that can otherwise clog pores. Exfoliants can also help remove blackheads. After cleansing and exfoliating, remember to use an oil-free daily moisturizer to help keep your skin healthy. This will also help to reduce oil production because your skin will be sufficiently moisturized. Cleansers are often all that is needed for mild acne. If one’s acne is more severe, there are several treatment options. These include the standard options of topical creams, oral antibiotics, isotretinoin, and hormone-blocking pills. There are also alternative options, such as antioxidants, photodynamic therapy, and laser therapy.