Common Adult Acne Questions & Answers

Common Adult Acne Questions & Answers

Why do I still get acne in my 20s?

Adult and teenage acne are caused by excess skin oil and bacteria. Any changes in hormones, including those brought on by pregnancy and menstruation, can trigger excess oil in adulthood. Women who smoke are more prone to acne.

Acne also tends to run in families, so if a parent had adult acne, you're at higher risk. People can get acne into their 40s and beyond.

Why do I get acne when I wash my face often?
Washing your face does not mean washing away your acne. Why? Blackheads form below the skin's surface, when oil, also called sebum, reacts with air in a partially clogged pore. When the pore is totally blocked, you get a whitehead.

You should not overwash your face - wash twice a day and after sweating with warm water. Do not scrub your face as it can irritate your skin further.

Does birth control cause or reduce acne?
Birth control pills may help some women control acne. The hormones in birth control pills can help block androgen hormones. Androgen puts oil glands into overdrive. Some birth control pills, though, can make acne worse. So even if you take birth control pills, you'll still need a good acne skin care routine.

Does diet affect adult acne?
A high-glycemic diet, which consists of sugar and refined carbohydrates, is associated with more frequent breakouts. High glycemic foods lead to a high an increased production of insulin by the body, which quickly raises hormone levels. This rising of hormones leads to the excess production of sebum in the body which ultimately leads to clogged pores thereby causing more acne breakouts.

Why do my pimples appear in the same place?
Sometimes pimples never fully heal and when hormones increase oil production in the skin, you get the same pesky pimples in the same location.


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