What Causes of Adult Acne?


Once you step into your adulthood, many people often think that you will be able to reveal your beautiful or handsome face with confidence as acne only occurs during your teenage years. In reality, acne persists into adulthood and adults usually get more inflamed and painful acne that takes longer to heal. 


So what are the reasons leading to acne in adulthood? Let’s explore these answers together in this article!


1. Oily Skin and Bacteria 


Although teenages’ hormonest tend to fluctuate more and adult’s hormones tend to level off, problems with oily skin can still occur. Those with oily skin will understand that oily skin is a risk factor for acne and creates a desirable environment for bacteria to thrive under the pores compared to non-oily skin. 


2. Genetics 


Adult acne is generally linked to genetics within the family. The chances of developing adult acne is higher if you have a father, mother, sister or close relative with a history of adult acne. For those who are prone to acne due to genetic reasons, it is vital to treat and look after your skin to reduce the occurrence of acne. 


3. Stress in Daily Life


Adulthood comes with stress. Whether it’s money, work or love, these are circumstances that can trigger stress. In response to stress, our bodies produce more androgens that send the sebaceous glands into overdrive and stimulate the sebum production causing acne. For those who have difficulty managing their stress, it’s recommended to try relaxing activities such as exercising, visiting new places or medicating are all helpful ways to relieve stress. 


4. Medical Conditions 


As people often say, when you are young you are healthy but once you grow up and become older medical conditions can develop and some can lead to acne symptoms. 


5. Overproduction of Sebum from the Sebaceous Glands


As we age, our skin’s natural exfoliation process slows down and causes a buildup of bacteria. This is another leading factor for large and inflamed acne. 



6. Sleeping Late


Although this can be a problem during both adolescence and adulthood years, health conditions are usually weaker during adulthood. Therefore, sleeping late can weaken the body even more leading to acne. 


7. Cosmetic Products 


The effects of this factor are quite clear in women. Women and makeup go hand in hand but wearing makeup can have side effects that can lead to facial acne. For that reason, allowing your face to rest by wearing makeup less often or applying less makeup consequently reduces the risks of developing acne. 


8. The Buildup of Clogged Pores Since Adolescence. 


For some, acne was never experienced during teenage years but as they grow older the problem starts to appear. Others experienced acne severe acne problems during their teenage years. This can be due to the various chemicals that have been in contact with your face since teenage years resulting in more acne as you grow older. 


9. Hormones


Inflamed acne is more likely to occur just before your period starts. This can trigger your sebaceous glands to secrete more sebum. 


10. Eating


The last factor is linked to eating different kinds of food in your daily life. The amount of sugar, milk and chocolate are all linked to acne. This also includes, deep fried food and oily food. 

Adult acne can also lead to swelling under the skin’s surface and larger clogged pores nearby the acne area. Additionally, some may also experience pain due to inflammation especially if there is pus coming out of the acne. 

There you go. These are the 10 main factors that can lead to acne in adulthood. Therefore, if you know you fall into any of these causes, try to change your habits and take precautions by treating and cleaning your face regularly. This can help reduce the risks of developing acne and  build back your confidence! 

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