“I’m not in my teens anymore. Why do I still have acne?”
It’s a question I hear often and I’ve often asked myself.
Acne is usually associated with puberty and teen years but the truth is, it can last and even develop well into adulthood.
Studies show that 55% of adults struggle with adult acne.1 Often, adults also have sensitized skin or a combination of other skin conditions that make treatment more challenging.
So what causes adult acne?
At its root acne in adults is caused by the same things that cause it in teen years –
- Excess oil,
- Clogged pores,
- Bacteria and
In a nut-shell, acne is formed when an active sebaceous gland produces sebum (skin fats, which may be liquid like oil or more waxy). The sebum combines with dead cells on the surface of the skin to clog pores and eventually inflame the skin, causing acne.
Anything that contributes to more oil, clogged pores, bacteria or inflammation of the skin can promote acneic skin.
If you’re getting acne as an adult, it’s likely due to one or more of the following3:
1. Oily Skin
Some of us have oilier skin types caused by overactive sebaceous glands and if left unmanaged this can result in skin that is prone to developing acne.
2. Hair, Skin and Make-up Products
Some hair, skin and make-up products may clog the pores causing them to become inflamed, resulting in acne.
Some researchers have found a relationship between stress and acne flare-ups. When we are stressed, our bodies produce more of a type of hormone called androgens. Androgens stimulate the oil glands and hair follicles in the skin, which can lead to acne.
4. Fluctuating Hormone Levels
A hormone imbalance can lead to acne. Adult women usually experience fluctuating hormones during pregnancy, around the time of menstruation, during menopause and after starting or discontinuing birth control pills. Some hormones can stimulate the skin’s oil production, resulting in acne flare-ups.
If you suspect that your acne is due to fluctuating hormone levels and it is severe enough to where you desire treatment, consult with your doctor or medical professional
Here are some tips to visibly tackle acne
- Wash your face twice a day and after sweating, use a mild cleanser with warm, not hot water.
- Never go to bed with make-up on.
- Look for skincare products that are non-comedogenic (that is, they won’t clog your pores).
- Don’t squeeze or pick at acne.
- Avoid touching your face. Adopt a no hands policy.
Key Apple Rose Beauty Ingredients for fighting acne
- Organic Cayenne and Organic Turmeric, in our Clear Skin Bundle, reduce inflammation.
- Charcoal, in our Charcoal + Hibiscus Bundle, detoxifies and unclogs pores.
- Echinacea and Vitamin E, in our Clear Skin Bundle, help improve the skin’s immunity and prevent pores from clogging further.
Real Customer Reviews after using our Clear Skin products:
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