What Causes Adult Acne?

Acne is normally considered a condition that strikes during the teenage years, but it can occur at any age. This is true for those who have had blemish-free skin for several years and even those who never suffered with acne when they were young. When acne occurs, the pores of the skin have become clogged and this causes pimples to develop. While it may seem strange for this to happen to an older person, it is actually a common skin condition among adults. The key to treating adult acne is knowing what caused it to begin.


A person's hormone levels can change at any time. This can be caused by stress, illness and even eating certain foods that have been enriched with hormones, such as meat and dairy products. If the hormone levels are not as they should be, the skin may produce excess oil which clogs the pores and causes acne to occur.


A person can become allergic to certain things at any time. For instance, even if you have used a certain facial cleanser for many years, your skin may become allergic to it and acne may develop. This is also true for facial makeup, moisturizers, sunblock and any product that comes in direct contact with the skin.


Some medications may also cause acne flare-ups. Acne is often a side effect of certain antidepressants, steroids, and anti-seizure medications. If you begin taking a new medication, find out what the possible side effects are. Pay close attention to your skin while taking the medication and let your doctor know if there are any changes in the condition of your skin.

An Unhealthy Diet 

Acne breakouts occurring from eating chocolate and fried foods is actually only a myth. However, to keep your skin in great condition, it is very important to eat the right foods. Drinking plenty of water and eating foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals helps flush out impurities of the skin.

If you are not eating the right foods to do this naturally, the pores may become clogged, and this makes your skin more prone to acne flare-ups.

Just like with teenage acne, keeping the skin clean will reduce the likelihood that breakouts will occur. Be sure to cleanse the skin daily with a gentle cleanser and a clean soft cloth. Do not rub the skin harshly and pat it gently when drying. Using an astringent with benzoyl peroxide and following up with an oil-free moisturizer also helps prevent adult acne.

For more information, contact a dermatologist in your area.