Common Causes of Acne in Adults

Common Causes of Acne in Adults

My teenage years are gone! Why do I still get blemishes and acne cysts as an adult? Due to hormonal fluctuations carried over from your teenage years, it’s not uncommon to get breakouts well into your 20s, 30s and even beyond. In fact, adult acne is on the rise.

1. Stress
Several studies have shown that students may experience worsening of acne during examinations. Changes in acne severity correlate highly with increasing stress, suggesting that emotional stress from external sources may have a significant influence on acne, even after adjusting for variables in sleep and diet.

2. Pollution
Air pollution, including smog, chemicals, and toxins, can clog your pores and contribute to breakouts, especially for those with sensitive skin.

3. Family history
Findings from research studies suggest that some people may have a genetic predisposition for acne. People who have this predisposition seem more likely to get adult acne.

4. Makeup
Anything you put on your face has the potential to clog pores, including your hands. Look for oil-free makeup, sunscreens, and other skin products labeled non-comedogenic if you suspect that your makeup or beauty products are causing your acne. 

6. Hair products
Styling and hair products seep oil onto the forehead, which can trap acne-causing bacteria in your pores. 

7. You have a sweet tooth
Sugar raises insulin level and there is more evidence showing that insulin may raise oil-triggering hormones. Choose low-glycemic foods that break down sugar slower in the body and cause less of an insulin spike. You can find out more about glycemic index and the index of common foods here.

8. Dairy
Although there are conflicting anecdotes on the link between dairy and acne, there is growing evidence that there is a link between acne and dairy. The best way to see if your acne is triggered by dairy is to cut it out and observe if your acne improves. 

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