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How Common is Adult Acne in Women and Can it Be Prevented?

April 30, 2018 by Samantha Smith
adult acne

If you never had acne as a teenager chances are you thought you had escaped it. The problem is, is now adult acne is becoming increasingly common in women over 20 years old. So how can we prevent it, treat it and reduce any blemishes it leaves behind on our skin?

But Just How Common is Adult Acne in Women?

According to studies approximately 60% of women over the age of 20 have suffered from acne and breakouts and women are far more likely to suffer with acne than men. But why? Here are a few key reasons to be aware of:

Over-Cleansing

Crazy idea but, over cleansing can leave skin dry. This causes skin to produce sebum to effectively bring moisture back to the skin but the sebum production may be overly produced resulting in clogged pores and breakouts.

Stress

Ah, stress, as if the concept itself wasn’t bad enough, it is even possible to cause acne. Skin conditions can arise when we are stressed, Higher levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) causes your glands to produce more oil which can lead to more inflamed, aggressive breakouts such as pus-filled pimples, as opposed to the usual whiteheads.

Sleep Deprivation

Not getting enough sleep can wreak havoc on skin. Late nights, late studying, working late – these are all things that contribute to lack of sleep. Plus if you are stressed also the two factors combined can only mean trouble for skin. Sleep is the time our body uses to regenerate itself and that includes skin cells. Not enough sleep means not enough time for skin cell renewal, and skin has no time to recover and heal.

Skin Care Products

A we age we apply more products to hide dark circles, puffiness, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and fine lines and although these products may be great at doing what they were designed to do, they may not be non-comedogenic and therefore could clog pores causing breakouts and irritate skin.

Hormones

Yes you’ve guessed it – hormones. Hormonal imbalances, those fluctuations throughout each month, every single year can account for most common cause.  Androgens are the male sex hormone testosterone. Women can become androgen sensitive because they have no use for so much, so it enters the bloodstream and travels to the skin where it accumulates causing cystic breakouts. It also causes sebum over-production which clogs pores and again, causes breakouts.

So How Can You Prevent Adult Acne in Women?

  • Use non-comedogenic skin care products for cleansing, moisturising and toning skin to prevent clogged pores, unwanted skin irritation and to try and help minimise sebum over-production.
  • For on-the-spot zappers, choose one that contains salicyclic acid or benzoyl peroxide. But for long-term help try help: clear skin or help clear skin MEN. Over time, these natural remedies help to kill the acne causing bacteria and reduce skin inflammation from within so that skin becomes healthier.
  • Find the best way for ‘you’ to deal with stress whether that be time alone, a relaxing spa day or even deciding to work part time – whatever works for you.
  • Get some sleep. The best time to sleep according to experts, is from around 10pm & 11pm until at least 6am to help give skin time to renew itself (not only that but you will have tons more energy after a good night’s sleep).
  • See your GP if you suspect hormone related acne as they can test for hormone imbalances and advise on treatments specific to your needs.

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