8 Things You May Not Know Can Cause Acne In Adults

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Written By Sheryl Wright / Reviewed By Ray Spotts

It can be a major disappointment to end up with breakouts in your adult years. Unfortunately, pimples aren't just for the pubescent. There are lots of reasons that you can get them at any age. The key to dealing with breakouts is to first understand what might be causing them. Take a look at these eight surprising causes of adult acne to get a handle on your troublesome skin issues.

1. Fluctuations in Hormones

When it comes to understanding adult acne, one of the first things you should consider is the current state of your hormones. Just as the raging hormones of your teen years led to breakouts, there are adult hormonal issues that can contribute to your current skin problems.

Start by considering your menstrual cycle. Some women break out before their period arrives. Others may notice that they have trouble right after ovulation due to an increase in progesterone.

Cystic acne can arise because of increased sebum production stimulated by the male hormones androgen and testosterone. Pregnancy, perimenopause, and menopause are other reasons your hormones may wreak havoc on your face.

2. Stress

High levels of stress can produce excess cortisol, a steroidal hormone that regulates a number of bodily functions. While cortisol offers a number of benefits, including regulation of metabolism and immune response, it can contribute to the production of acne-causing bacteria.

3. Certain Foods

While it hasn't necessarily been proven that sugary and fatty foods cause acne, there may be particular foods that may trigger breakouts for you. Pay attention and take note if you experience acne flareups after eating a certain food item. Then, with the guidance of your doctor, try eliminating them from your diet.

4. Some Health Issues

Acne could be a tell-tale symptom of some health conditions. Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is one such condition. It causes hormonal fluctuations that can lead to breakouts, among other symptoms. It's also possible that some medications taken for health problems can increase acne.

5. Pollution

Environmental factors can aggravate your skin and produce acne. Pollution in the air, and even UV rays from the sun, are problematic for some people. The dirt and grime found in polluted air can settle on your face, causing clogged pores and irritation. The sun's harsh rays dry out the skin, leading to an excess in oil production to compensate.

6. Cell Phones

Yes, it's possible that talking on your cell phone could lead to a concentrated breakout on your face. For one thing, the phone may rub against your face, causing friction that causes pimples. This is known as "acne mechanica." Your phone's surface may also pick up bacteria throughout your regular routine. When you place it next to your face, the bacteria is transferred to your skin.

7. Skincare Products

If you're using the wrong skin care products, you could be irritating your skin or stimulating oil production. Your facial skin care routine should be tailored to your unique skin type and lifestyle habits. If you have oily skin and are prone to breakouts, you'll want to avoid creams that are too thick or greasy. Look for products labeled "oil-free" or "noncomedogenic."

Those with dry skin can also get acne by using products not made for them. Using a cleanser that strips your skin of what little hydration it currently has can cause excess production of oil. The same can be said for washing your face too frequently or too aggressively. You don't want to remove moisture from your skin or irritate it.

8. Genetics

Some people, unfortunately, are simply prone to getting adult acne. This is particularly true if you have relatives that have regularly gotten breakouts well into adulthood. You're likely to find this to be the case especially if a parent struggled with adult acne because they are a genetically close relative.

If you are tired of battling with adult acne, there is hope. Consider what might be the cause of your breakouts. Then make changes accordingly. Trial and error should help you to eliminate, or at least lessen, your pimple problem.

Even those with a genetic predisposition can take steps to decrease or limit their breakouts. A good skincare routine tailored to your unique skin type can go a long way toward producing a clean, clear, and healthy complexion.

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Written By:

Sheryl Wright is a freelance writer who specializes in digital marketing, inclusive business, and interior design. If she is not at home reading, she is at a farmers market or climbing in the Rockies. She currently lives in Nashville, TN, with her cat, Saturn.

Reviewed By:

Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at

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