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Breakouts, blemishes, painful pimples and redness are terrible in your teens! Fast forward a decade or two and if you’re still fighting the flare ups it may feel worse than any teenage angst. Did you know that almost 35 percent of women in their 30s and 25 percent of women in their 40s still battle acne?

Myth: Only teenagers, or individuals with unclean or unhealthy habits, get acne. Fact: Acne has many causes and doesn’t play favorites. Even older adults can suffer from a breakout. Below are a few of the most common causes of adult acne:

  • Hormonal changes: A woman who has never had a single pimple can have her first during pregnancy. Hormonal changes associated with perimenopause, menopause or starting or discontinuing certain forms of birth control can cause a hormonal imbalance that can lead to breakouts.
  • Stress: Some degree of stress is part of our daily lives. But when you suffer from chronic or frequent episodes, it can lead to physical side effects, including acne. In addition to this stressful situation, the appearance of acne can cause even more stress. A few tips to manage stress-induced acne.
  • Allergic reactions: As we age our bodies can change. What once worked as a skincare routine or body wash can actually aggravate our skin a few months or years down the road. If you are experiencing acne outbreaks or skin sensitivity, take a look at the ingredients in the things you put on your skin. You want to look for products that are “non-comedogenic” and oil-free to keep your pores free and clear.
  • Medication side effects: Some medications can cause acne. If you are prone to breakouts or suspect that a new medication/prescription is causing your flare ups, talk to your doctor about this possible side effect. Do not discontinue use of the medication without the advice of your primary care physician.

What worked as an acne defense system in your teens may not be what your more mature skin needs. Most over-the-counter topical treatments are for mild acne. When used according to directions, these topicals can be an effective treatment. If you suffer from adult acne, the best treatment will be prescribed by your Trillium Creek Dermatology & Surgery Center skin experts.

About Trillium Creek Dermatology and Surgery Center: Few places in the country offer the quality care, innovation and state-of-the-art procedures that are available at Trillium Creek. Through our integrative medicine approach, Trillium offers world-class general dermatology, dermatologic surgery, laser surgery, cosmetic dermatology, skin cancer treatment, Mohs surgery and holistic medicine.