Causes and Prevention of Adult Acne


It’s often assumed that acne is the purview of the teenager. That awkward social interactions were made more awkward by a lack of confidence caused by acne.

But quite simply it’s not just teens that suffer from acne. Adult acne occurs in both adult men and women. It’s something that causes emotional issues and lack of confidence. Resolving adult acne has become a large business with facial cleansers available by the bucket. Treatment isn’t a one step process. It may take a lot of steps but preventing adult acne (or at least reducing) is possible!

Causes and Prevention of Adult Acne:

  • Hormonal Imbalance: Hormones fluctuate for many reasons. But changing hormones will often manage to affect the skin and increase oil produced. A lot of the times this isn’t just surface acne but deeper cystic acne. This will most commonly occur on the neck area and back. One of the main causes of hormonal imbalance for women is their menstrual cycle. The alterations in the changing cycle can lead to cyclical adult acne. For men, high levels of hormones will usually increase the amount of oil produced by skin. It’s difficult to counter hormones. They are generally released for natural reasons. Avoiding chemically produced hormones is one method of reducing this form of adult acne.
  • Stress: Stress is the big one. Bodies react to stress in different ways. Your adrenal gland reacts and produces cortisol. That being said, cortisol isn’t the only thing that comes out. Certain hormones are also created in the production of cortisol. As mentioned above, hormones can cause the oil glands to create more oil and thus more acne and breakouts. Reducing stress is easier said than done. Stress can be caused by so many reasons that reducing it isn’t always an option. Managing stress starts with your own issues. If there’s no clear method to resolving your financial or personal issues, it may be best to take up an activity like meditation. Meditation allows for the reduction of stress through mental focus and relaxation. It’s certainly not a cure all, but it does assist in lowering stress.
  • Food/Sugar: Food has tenuous links to acne. There’s a lot of different foods out there and people react to them in different ways. Studies consistently show tenuous links, but also with a large variety of doubt. When dealing with food producing your acne, it’s best to take an individual analysis. If you’re considering that it’s a problem with food you should simplify your diet down to a basic foundation. From there choose to slowly reintroduce foods until you can determine which items are causing the acne. Sugar however makes a huge difference. Eating a large amount of sugar requires the production of a large amount of hormones. It’s been proven lately that spikes in pancreatic hormones stimulate oil production.
  • You’re washing your face wrong: It may seems weird but a lot of people are not properly washing their faces. It should only be twice per day for about 30 seconds at a time. It’s important to use the proper cleansers that are gentle on your face and use gentle cloths on your face.