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We all know it: we get up, trudge into the bathroom and suddenly see a huge, red-aggressive pimple. But what to do
Anyone who was "blessed" with pimples or acne in their teens has always kept the thought of adulthood afloat. At some point the blemishes would disappear once and for all. Or at least that's what they thought. But if you still struggle with acne in your twenties, thirties or even forties, you are dealing with late-stage acne. And this can even occur if you were able to shine with baby bottom skin during puberty.
The good news? If you have adult acne, you can do something about it - and even prevent further acne breakouts. But first you have to know how adult acne is caused - or made worse.
How does adult acne develop?
Adult acne is not unlike acne during puberty. Excessive oil production, clogged pores, bacteria, and inflammation are responsible for acne. In adults, however, hormone fluctuations in particular have a major influence on skin blemishes. Hormonal acne can be triggered by menstruation or menopause, for example, as the hormone levels constantly fluctuate and so more oil can be produced.
But hormones aren't the only reason you develop adult acne. Stress, diet, and even some skin care products that you use could also be responsible for your acne! Stress increases the levels of cortisol in the body, which in turn increases the levels of inflammation in the skin. Studies have also shown that poor nutrition can make acne worse - especially when the diet is high in sugar, carbohydrates, and dairy products. Drinking too much alcohol is also bad for the skin. Certain care products can clog the pores and aggressive peelings can irritate the skin even more.
What to do about adult acne
Fortunately, adult acne is treatable. Below are some of our top recommendations that can help with late-stage acne. But: every skin is different and has different needs. So it is advisable to go to the dermatologist to find the perfect care for you!
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