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8 Common Causes of Acne in Adults You Need To Know

Many people think that acne is a problem for teenagers and it doesn’t affect adults. But the reality is that many adult people all over the world are trying to cope with this issue. Unfortunately, there are a lot of causes that can contribute to acne development. This means that skin care products may be unable to cure your acne. 

It is essential to understand that effective acne treatment can’t be performed with a thorough diagnosis. However, there are many other factors that can worsen your skin condition. In any case, it is essential to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist before starting any treatment. Here is a list of eight common causes of acne in adults you need to know. 

1. A lack of skincare

Your skin tends to collect bacteria, dirt, oil, and many other substances throughout the day. If you don’t wash your face at least two times a day, these substances can block your pores and start the inflammation process. As a result, you may see new blackheads and pimples over time. 

It is essential to remove skin oil, bacteria, and dirt from your face every morning and evening. Additionally, if you have oily skin, it is important to change your pillowcase every few days since it can collect skin oil. This may contribute to the development of new acne. 

2. Poor eating habits

Food that you consume can also affect the condition of your skin. It is essential to understand that sugar, processed foods, and refined carbohydrates can cause pimples. You should understand that foods that are high on the glycemic index may worsen your skin condition. 

Additionally, some studies show that dairy products, especially low-fat cow milk can also contribute to pimples. The reality is that such milk contains progesterone-like hormones and a sufficient amount of sugar. To reduce the number of acne, it is better to follow a healthy diet that is rich in fiber, proteins, vitamins, and minerals.

3. Stress 

Have you ever woke up with a huge pimple on your nose or cheek right before an important event? If yes, then you have undergone stress. The reality is that a stressful situation boosts the production of inflammatory chemicals called neuropeptides. 

These chemicals contribute to the development of acne. Unfortunately, it can be quite difficult to cope with stress. That’s why you may use anti-acne treatment and makeup to cover the pimple during the important event. 

4. Hormonal changes

Hormones play an extremely important role in body function. They can also cause skin issues like acne. For example, a thyroid disorder called hypothyreosis can make your skin oily and prone to acne. Women with hypothyreosis can also gain extra pounds, have increased body hair, and other complications. 

Another hormone-related disease that can cause acne is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This condition occurs when a woman has an increased level of male hormones. As a result, women with PCOS often experience acne, hirsutism, unexplained weight gain, and fertility issues. If you have hormonal problems, it is essential to perform a precise treatment to manage your symptoms and prevent further complications. 

5. Makeup

Even though good quality makeup products don’t contribute to acne, it is essential to remove them every time you are going to bed. It is essential to understand that even the best foundation mixes with dirt and sebum throughout the day. 

If you don’t remove this disgusting substance from your face, it can block your pores and cause acne. However, you should be careful and don’t injure your skin while removing the makeup.  Additionally, even if the makeup remover manufacturers claim that there is no need to wash your face afterward, small particles of makeup can still remain on your skin. That’s why it is essential to wash your face thoroughly.

6. Pimple popping

Almost every person that has acne can’t resist the temptation to pop a blackhead or pimple. But it is essential to get rid of such a harmful habit. The reality is that this procedure can aggravate your condition and make acne advanced. 

When you press on a pimple to burst it, you can injure a tender and already inflamed tissue near it. Additionally, you can let the bacteria and dirt penetrate your skin. You should also understand that pimple popping can increase your risk to develop scars on your face. 

7. Medication

It is important to know that some medications can also contribute to acne. If you take medications that contain androgens, corticosteroids, or lithium, they can worsen your skin condition and cause pimples. Additionally, some birth control pills (if they were chosen improperly) can also cause inflammation and acne.

Some studies show that certain antidepressants and epilepsy treatments can cause acne in adults. If you have noticed that your skin becomes red and develops pimples, ask your doctor to change medication. 

8. Overuse of skincare products

A lack of skincare is not more dangerous than its surplus. It is important to know that if you use a new anti-acne or skin-care treatment every week, it can’t help you treat your skin condition. On the contrary, it can irritate your skin and make it more prone to acne. 

Additionally, if you use too many skincare products at once, it can block your pores that will lead to the opposite result. It is better to let the product work for a certain period of time to monitor its efficiency. 

The bottom line

It is important to understand that acne in adults rarely can’t be treated with regular skincare products since the causes of this condition can be complicated. Don’t neglect to visit a dermatologist and other doctors to treat the underlying cause of your condition and get rid of acne.

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