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Adult Acne Why does it happen and what can we do?

Acne is very annoying for adults. The treatments we see in adolescence do not work when we are adults and may even aggravate our acne.

Causes of Adult Acne?

Some adults may still have acne problems in their 30s, 40s or even 50s. It is more common in women in the menopausal period.

If you are an adult and have acne, the causes may be some of the following:

Fluctuating hormone level:Imbalance in hormone level can cause acne.

Causes of hormone level fluctuations;

On period days

During pregnancy, premenopausal and during menopause

After discontinuation of birth control pill use

Stress: Researchers found a relationship between stress and acne flare-ups. Our body’s response to stress is the secretion of androgen hormone. Androgen hormone activates the sebaceous glands and hair follicles in our body, thus triggering acne.

Family medical history: It can exist in those with blood ties such as mother, father or close siblings. If this genetic predisposition runs in your family, your risk of acne increases.

Hair and skin care products: If you have acne, you should read the labels of the hair and skin care products you use. Every product you use must have any of the following.

Non-comedogenic (Non-comedogenic – does not clog pores)



non-pore clogging

Let’s make sure you have one of these in your moisturizer, facial cleanser, sunscreen and other products.

Medication side effects: The side effect of some drugs is acne. If you think that the drugs you are taking are triggering your acne or making it worse, continue to take the drug, but you should talk to the doctor who prescribed the drug. Ask if you can use another medicine, if not, you should see a dermatologist to get acne under control.

An undiagnosed medical condition: Sometimes we have an undiagnosed health problem underlying acne, and our acne will improve when we get treatment.

There are effective treatments for adult acne

See your dermatologist and often your doctor can combine several treatments. With the treatment of your doctor and a little patience, any type of acne can be controlled.

Dermatologist Dr. Zehra Doust