Adult Acne: Causes and Treatments



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Acne has become a growing topic of disturbance lately. To women, especially adult women, the development of acne comes with a lot of concern and they want to know why they are having this development at a later age. Well, fact has it that until 20s, 30, and beyond, women are not likely to develop acne. However, some other factor many contribute the development of acne in women. Some of those factors many include hormonal fluctuation and the monthly cycle. “Why am I breaking out at my age?”

Nevertheless, these 25 facts will help you understand more about adult acne and how to clear and prevent it using estheticians.

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Characteristics and Causes of Adult Acne

1. Genetic predisposition

Sometimes, the development of acne is just hereditary. One just has it as one of the genetic properties he or she has inherited. In this case, the accumulation of dead skin cells inside the hair follicles are not usually cured but controlled.

2. Overproduction of Oil

Acne bacteria find a perfect environment to grown when the solidified oil called sebum obstructs the hair follicles causing a buildup of dead skin. This process occurs during the menstrual cycle of a woman when there is a decrease in the female hormones in the bloodstream.

3. Fewer Comedones

Adults usually have breakouts regularly and steadily but fewer open comedones which are less pustular and severe.

4. Chin Acne

Hormone fluctuation could be the cause of a repeated monthly breakout. This breakout usually occurs in the lower part of the woman’s face which include the jawline and the chin and are often soft. Unfortunately, science has no good explanation for this type of breakout.

5. Stress

Stress can cause a lot of irregularities in the functioning of the human body. It can cause hormonal fluctuation and this explains the relationship between stress and acne. 

6. Perioral dermatitis

This is an acne-like skin irritation condition which is characterized dryness of the skin and papules. It usually does not respond to classic topical acne treatment but with help of a physician, and antibiotics, it can be treated. It happens mostly in females between the ages of 20 to 55.

7. Comedogenic makeup

Using a lightweight and fluid-like in texture makeup product is a good way to prevent acne. Studies have shown that comedogenic skin care products contribute heavily to acne lesion flares and breakouts. It is advised to go for skin care products which have been tested and certified noncomedogenic

8. Exercising with makeup

Clean off your makeup before exercising. This will help reduce the risk of acne in adult skin. While wearing makeup during exercising worsen acne prone adult skin.

9. Inflammatory acne

Overnight pimples breakouts are usually caused by the irritation of the skin. Follicular inflammation resulting from the use of some cosmetic product is a sure catalyst.

10. Possible Mystery Contributors

Aside some well-known causes, other factors may also contribute to this blemish and so, we ask our clients some out of the box question like: what work do you do? Do you have pets? Do you make us of headsets that touch your chin? Do you have pet or pets? And so on.

11. Jawline

Properly wearing off your make up especially the once on the jaw line will go a long way in preventing breakouts and clogging.

12. Acne excoriate

Avoid picking at lesions acne because it slows the healing process and may eventually cause a scar on the spot you have picked continually.

13. Dairy products and junk food

Our diet has its own quarter to contribute to adult breakouts. Unfortunately, dairy products are affected in this category. It is best to watch and understand the effect of the food you eat if you have breakouts. Nevertheless, diet does not affect every adult.

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