What Causes Acne in Adults?

What Causes Acne in Adults?

If you’ve ever suffered with random breakouts, you’ll know how upsetting acne can be.

While we tend to associate this condition with puberty, it actually affects many adults too, with women accounting for three-quarters of them. Covering it up with make-up is one temporary option, but specific treatments (including chemical peels) can do much more to improve the appearance of acne.

But what actually causes acne in adults and how can you combat it?

#1. Stress

We all feel stressed at one time or another. Whether it’s due to work or personal issues, stress can cause hormone changes in the body as the adrenal gland produces more cortisol to help you handle difficulties.

A small amount of testosterone is released along with the cortisol. In women, this can push the oil glands to work harder — leading to potential breakouts.

Try to avoid stress whenever and wherever possible. Yes, that’s much easier said than done, but consider practising meditation, getting more exercise, talking to someone about the root of your stress and eating a healthier diet.

 If you can bring your stress levels down, this may have a positive effect on your skin.

#2. Hormonal changes

Once again, hormones are to blame.

Hormonal changes occurring during pregnancy, the menstrual cycle or the menopause can all trigger acne in adult women. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) may be another reason.

#3. Skin-care products

Skin-care products are supposed to help you look your best, but you could be worsening your acne if you’re using the wrong ones.

You need to match your products to your skin type. Specifically, if your skin tends to be oily, make sure you only invest in oil-free, water-based products. Otherwise, you’ll only increase the likelihood of your pores becoming clogged and triggering breakouts.

Switching from one product to another in a short space of time can cause acne, as your skin may become irritated. Allow new products a month or two to start working before trying another.

#4. A poor diet

The food you put into your body can have a direct impact on the health of your skin. Too many sugary snacks and fast foods are commonly linked to acne, with fries, sodas and burgers believed to be potential triggers.

It’s vital to eat more fruit, whole grains and vegetables to help your skin stay healthy. Foods can affect people in different ways, though, so what causes acne in one person might be fine for another. Make steady changes to your diet and you may find your acne reduces.

#5. Too much cleansing

Washing your face too often can make your acne worse, as your skin will begin to dry out. It will produce more oil to compensate, making your pores more prone to clogging.

Makeup removers that are too rough on your skin may be responsible for acne too. Opt for the gentlest products you can find and avoid washing your face too often.

Milk + Honey’s expert team can improve the appearance of acne with a safe, effective chemical peel. We offer multiple treatments, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch to learn more!

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