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Adult Acne: Why It Happens and What You Can Do About It

While acne mostly affects teenagers, adults can get it too. In fact, adults can get acne well into their 30s and beyond. Some adults may even experience acne for the first time in their later years. If you’re an adult with acne, it could be because of one or more of the following reasons:

Certain medications. Lithium, barbituates (found in sleep aids), antiseizure drugs and corticosteroids can all contribute to acne. See your dermatologist, neurologist or psychiatrist about treatment options. If your drug regimen must stay the same, it may be best to treat the acne to control its effects on the skin.

After discontinuing birth control pills. The hormones estrogen and progesterone are found in oral contraceptives, and these hormones control androgen activity. When the pill is stopped, acne flares up because androgen activity goes up again. Consider a simple skin-care routine when you stop taking birth control. Use creamy cleansers, non-alcohol toners, and oil-free lotions instead of harsh cleansers, toners and scrubs, which can only irritate the skin.


During Pregnancy and Menopause. The androgenic progesterone hormone (a male hormone) increases with pregnancy, which stimulates the sebaceous glands. The same hormone fluctuation happens during menopause, causing pimples. Adjusting your diet may be in order. Maintaining a diet rich in antioxidants can help considerably. Try foods that like salmon, olives, berries, strawberries, cantaloupe, dark green vegetables and extra virgin olive oil to help keep your skin and body healthy.

Stress. In response to stress, our bodies produce more androgens (a type of hormone) which increases the amount of oil your skin secretes and can lead to acne. Taking care of yourself through exercise, meditation, a balanced diet and plenty of rest can be great ways to alleviate stress.

With a dermatologist’s help and a bit of patience, virtually every case of acne can be controlled. Want to learn more about treating adult acne? Contact Cara Mia Medical Day Spa Today. We are located in Colorado and can be reached directly at 303-350-4500. We look forward to helping you soon.

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