Adult Acne: Causes & Treatment

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Suffering acne as an adult is incredibly frustrating; it can affect your confidence and self-esteem – basically it isn’t something that you expect to have to deal with as an adult. Many of us think as acne as a solely teenage problem, but it isn’t, in fact adult acne is a fairly common condition. So why does it happen? What can you do to prevent and treat it?

Causes of Adult Acne

The exact cause of adult acne is unknown but the following factors have been known to contribute to acne flare ups:


According to the NHS  adult acne occurs more in women than men. This is thought to occur because of the many hormone changes that women experience throughout their life. If you are female and you suffer with adult acne you may notice that it increases before your period. It is also known to flare up during the first 3 months of pregnancy and if you suffer from Polycystic ovary syndrome.


Acne can occur due the side effects of medication. Drugs that include corticosteroids, lithium, anticonvulsants, barbiturates, and androgenic steroids in their ingredients are known to have caused acne or acne-like conditions. Acne is an uncommon side affect and it is likely to disappear after treatment has finished. You should however always consult your doctor if you suffer a side-effect to a prescribed medication.

Lifestyle & Diet

It’s a myth that a bad diet causes acne, however certain dietary changes can help you to prevent or reduce the severity of acne outbursts. Take a look at our 5 diet changes to reduce acne post to find out how you can change your lifestyle and help to prevent future acne breakouts.


Many of the acne treatments on the high street are geared towards teenage skin, therefore more oily skin, and this is often not suitable for adult skin. Your doctor may be able to prescribed medical acne treatments, however if you are looking for a non-medication treatment, the Lustre Pure Light acne treatment could be the solution for you. Instead of working internally it works directly on the surface of the skin reducing the appearance of acne with blue light. It is important to note that what works for you may not work for another; acne treatment often includes a lot of trial and error.

For more information in regards to acne treatment products then please do not hesitate to get in contact with our experienced team. Please give us a call on +44 (0)1481 736699 or email [email protected].

Latest update: 05/08/2015
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