Acne is usually synonymous with puberty, hormonal change, teenage years and awkward high school pictures. We all usually have this image that once the 20s hit, the acne clears away, skin becomes picture perfect and we wave the acne days goodbye. So why is it that there are people in their 20s, 30s and even 40s with acne?

Unfortunately, we were living under fake assumptions as it turns out that acne doesn’t actually go away with age. If the underlying reason for acne isn’t properly tackled, acne doesn’t go away. The easiest thing to do when faced with a sudden outburst of acne is to assume that it is “just a phase” and that it will go away miraculously. The longer you ignore your acne, the longer it will remain. Turns out acne is not age-bound as it is usually a buildup of dead skin cells, bacteria and excess oil in the skin, and this can happen to anyone at any age.

Adult acne could be a result of any of the following factors:


Hormones play a huge role in the existence of acne, especially for women. Hormonal imbalances, which can be due to menstruation or menopause, can cause acne breakout around the jawline and bottom of cheeks in adults.



Stress, which causes changes in your hormone levels, can be the single cause of adult acne for some people. When you’re stressed, the body releases a hormone called cortisol which leaks some testosterone with it into the body. This can cause the body to produce more oil – thus more breakouts.


Diet & Lifestyle

What you eat plays a very important role to what happens to your body on the outside. What you eat can play a part in dealing with adult acne.  Dairy and foods that are high in sugar and oil can inflame the breakouts. Having a proper sleeping pattern, workout regimen and proper diet can help reduce inflammation and deal with adult acne.


Using The Wrong Type Of Skin Care Products

The nature of your skin plays a part in having adult acne. If you have oily skin and are prone to breakouts then you should make sure to use skin care products that are labeled as “oil-free” or “water-based”. Products that contain oil are more likely to clog your pores and worsen the breakouts.


Cleansing Too Frequently And Intensely

It is recommended to wash your face no more than twice a day, using a mild facial cleanser, or the skin could dry out which causes excess production of oil to compensate for the dryness. It is also recommended to avoid scrubbing too hard as washing your face vigorously can irritate the skin and make acne worse.