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Adult Acne Causes and Remedies

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Acne can be embarrassing, unsightly, and can scar long term. Most of us are aware that it affects most people during their teenage years. Unfortunately, adult acne is becoming increasingly common and can affect men and women well into their 30s and 40s. It’s a staggering fact that over 20 million adults have acne-prone skin.

Not surprisingly, genetics can influence acne. For example, identical twins are equally affected, while fraternal twins are not.

Hormone triggers, which can stimulate metabolism and sweat glands, can raise the level of androgen hormones, which then activate the sebaceous glands. This is where acne development begins below the surface of the skin.

Stress can impact your body, including increased hormone activity, which can stimulate oil production and cause breakouts. This is another argument for a balanced lifestyle. Make sure you take care of yourself and get plenty of rest and exercise.

Birth control pills can also have an impact on the development of acne in some people. Some are used to treat acne and do have positive results.
However, acne conditions can worsen for up to two years after a person stops using oral contraceptives.

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So What are Some Things you Can Do?

Protect your skin from the sun. If at all possible, avoid or limit sun exposure and tanning. While a suntan or sunburn can temporarily mask acne, it only leads to increased skin inflammation and dehydration. This can cause the skin to break out even more.

In terms of makeup, be sure to read the ingredients and know what you are putting on your skin. Acne-prone women need to be wary about the cosmetics they put on their faces. It’s well known that some cosmetics can aggravate pre-existing acne and irritate sensitive skin. Again, always check makeup ingredients before buying. And be sure to avoid products with stearic acid or lanolin oils, as they can clog pores and aggravate acne.

Eat right. And limit your dairy and sugar intake. Clinical trials have found that cow’s milk increased both the number of people who got acne and its severity. Other large randomized trials found that people who had higher sugar intake and a high glycemic load diet had significantly more acne.

Keep in mind, if your diet consists of foods that are high in fat, salt and sugar, then you’re probably not getting enough of the nutrients your skin needs. Drink lots of water and eat plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and foods rich in vitamin A.

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