Adult acne can be as mystifying as it is frustrating. Just about the time you thought you didn’t need to worry any longer about those monthly breakouts or regular T-zone flare-ups, an angry, red bump develops right in the middle of your forehead, or a cluster of whiteheads or blackheads forms around your nose. Your chin resembles your former sophomore self, even as you fight to keep the crow’s feet at bay.
Although fairly common, adult acne, and even adult-onset acne, can be tough to deal with when it happens to you. Adult-onset acne seems to be most prevalent in women, especially those approaching menopause. And, unfortunately, the same skin rituals and treatments that worked in your high school days likely won’t work for you now. In fact, a lot of those acne meds are damaging to mature adult skin.
Further, adult acne doesn’t only affect women of a certain age. Women who are nowhere near menopause, or perimenopause, also experience flare-ups and breakouts. People in their 20s, 30s, and 40s can be just as prone to adult acne as their mothers. Let’s look at some of the most common reasons for adult acne.
Excess stress and acne
Stress seems to be at the root of many afflictions adults experience, and with good reason. Our lifestyle centers on fitting a 30-hour day into 24 hours. Work demands, family, bills, and oh-so-many tasks that just can’t wait keep many of us stressed out.
As a response to this stress buildup, your body’s production of androgens (a type of hormone) goes into overtime. Androgens stimulate oil glands, and oil is released into the hair follicles in your skin, creating the ideal environment for acne to thrive. Stress is one of the major causes of adult acne today.
Take steps to control your stress levels. Meditate, schedule regular massages, and do something fun. Make time to meet with a friend and go for a walk. Take a step back from the stress and see what happens.
Your fluctuating hormones
Hormones get blamed for many maladies from puberty through old age. In this case, your hormones can definitely influence your adult acne. Just like in your teen years, you can have an acne breakout around the time of your period. If you’ve recently discontinued birth control pills, or are just starting them, you will likely have a flare-up.
Pregnant women can have breakouts with the surging of pregnancy hormones — the very same that cause the pregnancy “glow” you hear about. And, as we know, women who are menopausal or perimenopausal can experience adult acne. Speak with your doctor about getting your hormone-related adult acne under control.
Make-up, skin, and hair products
If you’re experiencing adult acne and have recently changed up your hair products, makeup, or skin care routine, there might be a connection. Make sure those products have one of the following on their label:
- Won’t clog pores
Everything you put on your skin — sunscreen, moisturizers, facial masks, cleansers, and serums — should have at least one of the above terms on the label if you want to avoid the aggravation of adult acne.
Your family history
If a sibling, or a parent, is experiencing adult acne, you may have a genetic predisposition to it. Of course, that doesn’t mean you must endure it.
Going to a medical practice that specializes in aesthetics as well can help you keep adult acne under control.
Controlling your adult acne depends on the cause
The medical and aesthetic team at Integrative Medicine, Laser and Aesthetics in Carmel, Indiana, takes a multifaceted approach to helping you control your adult acne. Dr. CJ Pabla and aesthetician Marci Rusk will work to uncover the root cause of your adult acne. With the cause solved, you begin the best treatment plan to control your adult acne.
If you’re plagued by adult acne, suffer no more. Your skin health and confidence are too important to ignore. Contact the team at Integrative Medical, Laser and Aesthetics today so you can begin living your life to the fullest.