Why Do I Have Adult Acne?

Larry Jaeger is an expert Dermatologist with over twenty-five years treating patients suffering from adult acne. As the founder of Advanced Dermatology Associates in New York, Larry Jaeger is recognized as a leading provider of skin care treatments for all forms of skin disorders

Why Do I Have Adult Acne?

You’d have thought that by your age you would have outgrown your acne. So why are you breaking out now?


Larry Jaeger notes that acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States, and not just for teenagers. Many adults have acne. It’s frustrating problem, especially when you expected to leave your skin problems behind in high school.

What Causes Adult Acne?

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Acne can happen in both adult men and women. But what causes acne during adulthood?

Hormonal Factors Play Major Roles.
Just like during the teen years (puberty, anyone?) fluctuating hormones can cause acne flare ups.

Androgens are hormones released from the adrenal glands, the ovaries, and the testes. These hormones stimulate the sebaceous, or oil, glands increasing oil production and creating a skin that is more prone to pore blockages and breakouts.

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The Role of Hormones & Acne:

Adult onset acne most commonly affects women because, let’s face it, women are more “hormonal” than men. Sharp hormonal fluctuations occur during ovulation and menstruation, pregnancy, perimenopause, and menopause, and can also be caused by using certain birth control medications. Women may see their acne suddenly develop, or worsen, during these periods of life.

According to Larry Jaeger, adult acne may strike women at a greater rate than men, but that doesn’t mean men are immune to acne. For the guys, acne usually starts in the teen years and then lingers into adulthood.

Men tend to have more severe and longer lasting acne than women, because of the higher levels of testosterone within the body. It is not uncommon for acne in men to last 10 years or more, if left untreated.


Role of Cosmetics & Acne.

If you suffer from adult onset acne you may want to take a look at your cosmetics, including cleansers, moisturizers, makeup, and hair care products.

Makeup or Induced Acne:

Certain products, especially those with an oil-base, can block pores and create an impaction within the follicle. Avoid oily products, and use only those marked as noncomedogenic. Be aware, however, that even noncomedogenic products can trigger an acne breakout.

Medications and Underlying Medical Conditions.
Sometimes adult acne can be a symptom of an underlying problem, like polycystic ovary disease. Ladies, if you have other symptoms such as increased hair growth, weight gain, etc., in addition to acne, you should talk to your doctor.

The use of steroids, certain birth control treatments, hormone therapies and other medications can also cause acne breakouts. Again, talk to your doctor is you believe your prescription medications are triggering or worsening your acne.

Heredity & Genetics – Acne Outbreaks.
Acne tends to run in families. If one of your parents had acne at any point in their lives, your chance of hitting the adult acne “jackpot” is higher.

And, while it may seem obvious, adults with oily skin types are more likely to get blackheads and blemishes.

Your skin type is hereditary as well.

Treatment for Adult Acne:

Adult acne can be frustrating, but don’t give up hope. Nearly every case of adult onset acne can be successfully controlled with the right treatment.

Mild breakouts can usually be cleared with OTC acne treatments. But, be prepared, adult acne can be stubborn. You very likely will need help from a dermatologist to get your adult breakouts under control.

Dr. Larry Jaeger is the medical director of Advanced Dermatology Associates of New York and specializes in the areas of Medical, Cosmetic & Surgical Dermatology. If you’re seeking adult or even preteen acne treatments, schedule your appointment today with “New York’s Leading Dermatology Group” at (212) 262-2500.

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