Acne is a popular phase many of us go through in our early to late teen years, but many still struggle with acne well into their adult life. Adult acne can have those experiencing it trying out a variety of lotions, serums, ointments, and treatments to help get rid of their adult pimples. Through all of those products and treatments, if the problem persists, it is always a good idea to see what causes these breakouts for you.
Clogged pores are the root cause of acne. Pores of your skin can open up around hair follicles and parts of your skin that contain your sebaceous glands. Your sebaceous glands produce an oil called sebum that helps your skin be nourished and soft. If those pores get clogged by things like bacteria, dead skin cells, dirt, and excess oil, these can cause pimples to appear.
The following is a list of the most common causes of acne for adults:
In women, the most common cause of acne is the fluctuation of hormones your body goes through, mostly during your menstrual cycle. Fluctuating hormones can cause your skin to create more sebum than normal and cause your pores to clog. Painful cystic acne can appear because of this in areas like your back, chin, and neck for both men and women. Major life changes that affect your hormones like starting or stopping the use of birth control, during/after pregnancy, during/pre-menopause and the time of your menstrual cycle can cause acne flares.
Many studies have shown that stress has a direct correlation to acne flares. Cortisol, which is a hormone that is produced by your body when you experience stress, can cause skin and health issues that can revolve around acne.
Pollution is overall harmful to our bodies. But when it comes to our skin, it can place a harmful barrier of bacteria over our skin that causes acne. Things like UV radiation, dirt and other unneeded substances that can clog our pores contribute to the acne we experience. This is why dermatologists stress the need for the use of sunscreen on our faces because the sun's UV rays can be extremely damaging to our skin.
While cleaning your face daily is never a bad idea, intensely cleaning your face can be a little over the top. Different skin types call for different skin treatments. For example, those with sensitive or dry skin should only wash their faces once a day with a gentle cleanser. There is such a thing as washing your face too much. Overwashing, especially with harsh chemical cleansers, can cause your skin to produce more sebum than normal, which leads to clogged pores. Exfoliating can be great for your skin, but don’t overdo it. You should only be exfoliating once a week, otherwise, you could be scrubbing off new, healthy layers of skin.
Using products from our signature skincare line containing salicylic and glycolic acid makes the Essentials Signature Acne Facial an extremely effective acne-fighting facial! Acne facials or deep cleansing facials are recommended for clients prone to oily or acne-prone skin or for those with uneven complexions. Both men and women can take advantage of the benefits of acne/deep-cleansing facials, which incorporate a combination of thorough steaming, deep cleansing, extractions to remove pore-clogging sebum, and a camphor clarifying mask and moisturizer.
Interested in learning more about how to treat your adult acne from a professional? Essentials of Brandon: Service Luxury and Spa offers a wide variety of facial services that could help you fight adult acne.