If you think that acne is a teenage problem and that you’ll enter your 20s with blemish-free complexion — you’re wrong. Acne can strike at any age and we don’t mean to scare you, but the occurrence of adult acne is increasing among women in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s.
And since adult acne usually tends to be quite stubborn, treating it can be quite a task. But, the first step towards successfully dealing with any kind of breakouts is finding out the cause of the issue. To help you tackle these breakouts head-on, we’ve listed down everything there is to know about adult acne — including what causes it and how to effectively deal with it.
- But first, how is adult acne different?
- 01. Hormones
- 02. Emotional and physical stress
- 03. Unhealthy eating habits
- 04. PCOS
- 05. Using the wrong products
- How to deal with adult acne
But first, how is adult acne different?
Adult acne can broadly be divided into two categories – persistent and late-onset. Persistent acne can continue from adolescence, but late-onset adult acne can happen to anyone without any history of acne whatsoever. Adult acne leads to inflammation, scarring and skin damage, and since your skin cell turnover slows down as you age, it makes it all the more difficult for acne to heal fast resulting in premature ageing. Therefore, dealing with adult acne is a lot more complicated than teenage acne.
Causes of acne:
Hormonal imbalance, especially in women, is one of the most common causes of adult acne. This is because hormonal imbalance leads to inflammation, causes an imbalance in the pH levels as well as increases sebum production — all of which leads to acne.
02. Emotional and physical stress
When you go through stress — be it emotional or physical — your adrenal gland releases a hormone called cortisol, which disrupts various bodily functions such as immune system, digestive, neurological systems. Cortisol is also responsible for making your skin a breeding ground for inflammatory bacteria that can cause adult acne.
03. Unhealthy eating habits
A lot of skin-related issues in adulthood stem from the kind of diet you follow. Eating a lot of spicy, fried and junk food with little to no nutritional value ends up compromising on your gut health and thereby messing up your skin by causing frequent breakouts in the form of adult acne. The solution to this issue is quite obvious – follow a healthy, balanced diet.
A lot of times, the occurrence of adult acne could be the result of some underlying health conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This condition shows symptoms such as irregular periods, facial hair, and weight gain all because of severe hormonal imbalance.
05. Using the wrong products
A lot of times, the cause of adult acne is as simple as using skincare and cosmetic products that do not suit your skin type. If you have oily, acne-prone skin, then using products that have a very heavy and creamy texture could clog your pores and lead to breakouts.
How to deal with adult acne
Since adult acne is really stubborn, it can more often than not, be really difficult to eliminate. The best way to deal with adult acne is to avoid picking it as it can lead to scarring. Exfoliating regularly helps to reduce post-acne marks and wear sunscreen daily as free radicals end up compromising the skin barrier, which can worsen hyperpigmentation and post-inflammatory scarring.
Additionally, it is important to include ingredients like salicylic acid, niacinamide, and thymol as they help in exfoliating dead skin cells, kill acne scaring bacteria and heal the skin. If you’re wondering where you are going to find all these things in one place, look no further than the Dermalogica Active Clearing Range!
This range consists of the Age Bright Clearing Serum, which is a blend of some potent anti-acne ingredients coupled with Dermalogica’s unique AGE Bright™ Complex to reduce acne. It also features the Age Bright Spot Fader, which is a spot treatment to dry out acne and reduce post-inflammatory discolouration. The Sebum Clearing Masque helps to control excess sebum production to keep your pores clear and reduce the chance of a breakout. Lastly, it also includes an ultra-light, sheer and non-comedogenic Oil Free Matte SPF 30 to prevent sun damage from causing acne. All of these products work like magic to treat adult acne without overly drying out your skin. The Dermalogica Active Clearing Range also consists of amazing anti-ageing benefits that help to improve cell turnover and keep your skin looking clear and glowing.