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Acne can hit adults in their 30s, 40s or even 50s. We see this all the time. Acne is not just for teenagers thing anymore.

Here are some factors that may contribute to adult acne:

Hormonal Fluctuations

For female, hormonal fluctuations leading to breakouts occur around monthly menstrual cycles, during pregnancy, starting or ceasing the use of birth control pills and when going through peri-menopause and menopause.  There is also lifestyle stress; social stress and everyday stress. These all elevate cortisol level and have impact on androgen.

The best way to combat this is to make sure there is no blockage by using proper skincare – to hydrate and to absorb excess sebum. It is also important to be mindful and be accountable for the lifestyle you live in. Unfortunately we can’t change the situation happen in life, but we can change how our body react to the situation.

Clogged Pores

There are four basic skin changes contribute to acne, and they all involve the-

-pilosebaceous unit or hair follicle,

-increased sebum production from the sebaceous gland,

-clogged ducts,

-increased bacterial activity and inflammation.

Since acne presents as different types of lesions (blackheads, whiteheads and inflamed lesions), then one or more of the factors may be involved depending on the resulting change in the skin. Constantly helping skin to unclog is crucial.

Sensitivity to Skin Care Products

Some skin products may also contribute to acne, because some ingredients have a greater potential to clog pores. Identifying products that have been tested for comedogenicity and/or acnegenecity may be helpful. Sometimes individuals are simply more sensitive to certain ingredients. For example, alcohol, talc, mineral oil etc etc. By avoiding these ingredient will have higher success to clearer skin.


Stress often is the main reason acne flare-ups and trigger the production of cortisol hormones, causing an androgen response in the body. Sebaceous glands are stimulated by androgens, ultimately causing more production of oil or sebum. This provides an environment in the skin follicle that supports more bacterial activity, resulting in acne. Taking time to relax may help mitigate this underlying cause. If it’s hard to relax, supplements may be used to assist.


The belief that what we eat influences acne still applies. The recent research has shown a correlation may exist between acne and high glycemic diets (diets of carbohydrate-containing foods). Therefore, eating a well balanced diet is very important – per meal, 1 serve of animal protein, 1 serve of plant protein, 1 serve of veggies, 1 serve of rice.

I hope you found those tips helpful so you can begin to have glowing skin the more you use these tips.

If you would like to get more tips, help or have a consultation with our skin experts, do not hesitate to contact us – our goal is to help as many people in Brisbane as we can to have healthier, younger looking skin!