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What Is Adult On-Set Acne and How Can It Be Treated?


Adults can also suffer with adult on-set acne, even if they didn’t struggle with acne in their younger years.

Women have it even worse! Adult on-set acne is more common with women than with men. Studies demonstrate that approximately 50% of women in their 20s, 33% of women in their 30s, and 25% of women in their 40s will suffer from acne. These percentages are high, so you are definitely not alone!

When women suffer from acne in adulthood, the acne is most likely to appear on or around the jawline as opposed to the T-zone area (that includes your forehead and nose). If acne is occurring on the jawline, this can be a result of a hormonal imbalance. However, this is not always the case. Acne can be caused for a variety of reasons, including your diet and even the skincare products you may be using.


Hormonal Imbalances & PCOS Can Lead to Acne

For many people, acne can be caused by hormonal imbalances in your body. This is even more the case for women in adulthood and can be caused by the androgen levels in your body increasing. What exactly are androgens? They are actually a male hormone that can promote a stimulation of your oil gland production and clogging of your pores.

Other female adults can have different hormonal imbalances that can be a result of stopping hormonal therapies their bodies have gotten used to. An example of this can be stopping birth control pills. Women also experience shifts in their hormone levels when they go through menopause or have just given birth.

Acne can also be caused if women have an underlying condition, they may be unaware of. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that is infamous for causing acne breakouts in adult women. This condition can also cause ovarian cysts, irregular periods, weight gain, hair thinning on the scalp, and even hair growth on the face.


Acne Breakouts Can Be Fueled by Your Food & Diet Habits

If you suffer from acne, you’ve most likely heard someone telling you to stop eating chocolate because it’ll make your acne worse! It’s annoying, right? As annoying as it may be to hear, there is truth to that statement. Clinical research shows evidence that dairy and sugar can lead to acne breakouts, especially for those prone to it. Those are two major ingredients in chocolate!

There is also a lot of research and clinical studies that have compared individuals who consume dairy to those who do not. The research tells us that people who have dairy products in their diet had higher rates of acne breakouts than those who have no dairy. This is interesting! Remember, though, that this doesn’t necessarily mean that just because you eat dairy products you will have breakouts. Each person is unique and so many other factors can contribute to acne breakouts.

Even when sugar is consumed without being in dairy, it can really fuel acne breakouts. Studies also show that individuals consuming pastries, soda, etc. are more likely to suffer from acne and become more prone to breakouts. Cutting out the junk food can definitely be an important factor in clearing your skin.


Bad Skincare, Lack of Sleep & Stress Can Cause Acne Too!

As you’ve seen, irregular levels in hormones and even your diet can play a big role in making you more prone to suffering from acne as an adult. That being said, there are other lifestyle choices that can fuel intense breakouts. But before we get into them, the positive piece of news is that these are things we can definitely control just like our diets!

Many clinical studies show us that poor sleeping habits and high stress lead to acne breakouts in adulthood. It is very important that you train your body to have a routine of good sleeping habits. This allows your body to rest and rejuvenate, which leads to less physical stress on it. Good sleeping habits also help alleviate mental stress as well. Just be sure to change your pillowcases and bed sheets as often as you can. Dead skin cells fall off your face all the time, and whatever stays on the surface of your sheets can lead to acne on your skin.

Skincare can be the make or break for those who face acne breakouts. The biggest thing to ask yourself is if you even use the right skincare products in the first place. For instance, if you have oil prone skin, you do not want to be using products that will trigger your body to produce more oil on your face. This will lead to more clogging in your pores.

Another factor to consider with skincare is using cleansers and exfoliators too much! If you over wash your face, acne can get worse because you are essentially breaking down your skin’s natural protective barrier. This basically helps bacteria and other irritants to settle in your pores even easier. Over washing also dries out your skin, and this will naturally trigger your body to produce more oil, often leading into clogged pores and breakouts.

You want to also make sure that you are researching the absolute best products that will work for your skin type. The products need to be filled with potent, quality ingredients that work towards skin health. Medical-grade skincare should be the only skincare you use on your face. The investment is absolutely worth it, it’s your face after all! Lucere Dermatology & Laser Clinic, proudly carry the best medical-grade skincare from ZO Skin Health, Vivier Skin, Alumier MD, and much more!


Are There Any Real Solutions to Treating Acne?

Acne is a hard condition to deal with at any age, but as an adult, it can really bring down self-esteem. While it can lower confidence levels, you need to remember that acne is more common than you think, and you are not alone. There are a variety of treatments and products that can work as great solutions to treat the root cause of your acne.

Medical-Grade Skincare Products

The best first step to treating and preventing acne is premium, medical-grade skincare products. It’s important to see a skin expert to curate the best treatment plan that is right for your age, skin type, conditions and of course, what your needs are. More often than not, you will need more advanced treatments to aggressively deal with acne. Medical-grade skincare that targets acne will serve as a reinforcement to maintain your results. You must be dedicated to your routine to see results! Clean your skin daily and nourish it with great ingredients.

Oral Medications

Acne can also be treated with oral medications that are prescribed by a medical professional, like a Board-Certified Dermatologist. Medications are especially effective for helping those who suffer from hormonal acne. Specific oral contraceptives are available that contain less components that trigger acne. Medications are also available that help to regulate the effects of androgen production in women. This is certainly helpful for minimizing acne breakouts.


Retinoids are very effective for reducing oil gland production, helping clear pores and regulating the way skin sheds. Retinols are a powerful derivative of Vitamin A. There are many effective options for medical-grade retinols. In more severe acne cases, there are prescribed oral retinoid options such as Accutane. This would be prescribed to you by a dermatologist, if they feel it is the right treatment option. As a note, women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant should not be applying Accutane. It has high birth defect risks, so you want to be very aware of this side effect.


Medical Facials & Chemical Peels

In-clinic treatment options at dermatology clinics are a very good way to prevent, manage and treat acne. There are many variations of Medical Facials and Chemical Peels that work well to clear skin and deeply exfoliate it.

There are personalized chemical peels that are customized to treat your specific skin concerns. These Chemical Peels have exfoliating solutions that are filled with powerful antioxidants that work to remove damaged and dead skin cells. They also deeply hydrate and nourish the skin. They are effective for acneic and congested skin and also improve skin tone.

Isolaz Deep Pore Acne Treatment

Isolaz is a deep pore treatment that cleans the skin by essentially using vacuum suction to clean pores and then emit a gentle light that is responsible for killing bacteria that causes acne. Excess oil, any dirt and debris, dead skin cells, as well as blackheads are suctioned out of your pores.

It is recommended to have a series of at least 3-6 treatments to get acne in a manageable state. It is safe to have this treatment as often as you’d like, which can really help maintain a glowing complexion.

The most important takeaway is that no two cases are the same, so consultation with a Board-Certified Dermatologist is essential for finding the root cause of your acne. This can help find the best treatment plan to fight off your acne.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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