Adult Acne: Why Break Outs Happen After High School
Acne is typically a skin concern we associate with young adults—thanks to factors like puberty or just the stress of getting older. But, just like the 90s, pimples sometimes make a comeback, cropping up on our complexions later in life—even for those of us who were lucky enough to skip this stage during our incredibly formative teens. But, what causes adult acne and are there steps you can take to stop flare ups? To find out more and to discover the ways acne changes with age, we talked with Dr. Michael Kaminer, board certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon.
The Factors That Cause Adult Acne
Adult acne is usually caused by one of two factors, says Dr. Kaminer. The first being the products you’re using and the second—and more common culprit—being fluctuations in hormone levels. If the cause of your acne is the first factor, you’re in luck, since you are in control. Stop using products that may be clogging your pores, and instead look for non-comedogenic options which should help move things toward a more clear complexion once again. But, if hormones are causing your adult acne, you’re in for more of an uphill battle.
Hormone spikes that trigger adult acne typically occur in the late 30s and 40s, says Kaminer. And unlike the breakouts we may have experienced as teens, adult acne can be more stubborn and persistent. “These aren’t just flare ups,” he says, these breakouts are different and the causes of them are often unclear, making treating adult acne often more difficult.
While dermatologists are still researching to discover the causes of acne that occur later in life, Kaminer suggests that maintaining a healthy lifestyle may help in the long run. Eat a healthy diet, try to keep things as low-stress or stress-free as possible, and use non-comedogenic products to keep your pores from getting clogged.