No, it doesn’t just happen to teenagers. Adults get acne too. For some, adult acne can be the first breakout they’ve ever had, and this can be frustrating.
So what’s causing it?
To recap what we said before, when your sebaceous glands produce more oil, your skin is more prone to acne and other skin problems. One culprit in increased sebaceous gland activity is cortisol, the body’s natural regulatory hormone that enables a person to deal with stress. This is why highly stressful situations can aggravate breakouts or trigger adult acne.
While stress can affect anyone, women in particular have something else to worry about—fluctuating hormones. That’s why women tend to get adult acne more often than men do. A hormonal imbalance can lead to breakouts, and women often experience this during pregnancy, around their periods, and during perimenopause and menopause.
Other factors that can lead to adult acne are inherited genes, side effects from medications, or even certain hair and skin care products. Some skin care products can worsen adult acne if they’re clogging your pores, so make sure your skin care products say one of these on the packaging:
- Won’t clog pores
What can I do?
Just as we’ve been saying all month, keeping stress levels to a minimum is one way to control the problem from the inside out. As far as hormonal fluctuations, many women use a birth control pill, Ortho Tri-Cyclen, to regulate their swings, which in turn helps keep their complexion in check.
Then there’s always the more direct way—topical acne treatments.
While treating adult acne can be tricky—what with most acne systems targeting the more resilient (and generally more oily) skin of a teenager— trying to get a grip on stress, or controlling hormones, could be even trickier. With this in mind, we suggest a simple, daily skin care regimen to control adult acne. So check out Reversion Clear Skin Complete. A step up from the Reversion Clear Skin System, Clear Skin Complete offers a more complete (get it?) solution for those suffering from adult acne. All of our products are oil-free and won’t clog the pores.
Reversion Clear Skin Complete includes:
Clarifying Cleanser – for clearing the pores of dirt, oil and bacteria.
Purifying Toner – to exfoliate and tighten pores while eliminating excess oil and shine.
OPC Reparative Gel – for reducing redness and repairing skin damaged by acne breakouts.
Peptide Hydrator – to keep skin smooth and hydrated without clogging pores.
Spot Treatment PM – so you can banish stubborn pimples while you sleep.