We all thought we’d be over acne once we passed our teen years, but if you’ve made it into adulthood and are still seeing pimples, you’re not alone. Here are the top causes of adult acne based on age and the best treatments to help clear your breakouts.
Acne in Your 20s
Top Cause: Because we have heard so much about anti-aging skin care and are plagued with masks, moisturizers, and serums, we sometimes tend to overdo it.
Treatment: Instead of reaching for a slew of serums and creams, focus on a simplified routine that suits your skin type. Don’t forget to ensure you’re drinking enough water. To determine how much water you need each day, start with your weight in kilograms, 50ml water/kg body weight, eg: you need 3 liters if you are 60 kgs. You should be drinking enough daily for healthy skin.
Acne in Your 30s
Top Cause: Stress is high during your 30s with the pressures of family life and a full-time career, if not both. When you’re stressed, cortisol levels spike. Usually, testosterone levels also increase, which promotes oil production, resulting in those pesky breakouts.
Treatment: Cut the stress. Exercising regularly, taking up yoga or meditation, or simply cutting back on your obligations when possible can help keep your cortisol levels in check.
Acne in Your 40s
Top Cause: Major hormonal shifts during perimenopause are a clear cause of adult acne. During this time, hormonal fluctuations cause estrogen levels to dip and testosterone levels to peak. Estrogen keeps your sebaceous glands in check, so as estrogen decreases, your skin becomes oilier.
Treatment: Topical spot treatments may work to treat existing acne, but if your hormonal levels are out of sorts, talk to your doctor about hormone treatments or oral contraceptives to boost estrogen levels.
Acne in Your Late 50s
Top Cause: Take comfort in knowing that acne in your late 50s tends to be uncommon. If you are experiencing outbreaks at this age, they may be caused by a vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D affects hormonal balance, immunity, and oil production, putting your skin at risk of a breakout.
Treatment: Diet is the answer here. Try boosting your fatty fish intake, snacking on walnuts, or purchasing vitamin D-fortified supplements and dairy products.
If All Else Fails…
If you didn’t heed the warnings to not pop pimples, you may be dealing with stubborn scarring. To reduce the appearance of acne scarring, consider a non-surgical skin resurfacing treatment that combines Nano Fractional Radio Frequency (RF) and SmartScan™ technology. These devices simulate wound healing, prompting your skin to naturally heal itself and reduce the appearance of acne scars with low downtime.
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