Why Do Adults Get Acne?

adult acne

When you picture someone with acne, chances are you envision a pubescent, hormonal teenager.

But the truth is, acne isn’t just for teens. Research shows 35% of women in their 30s, 26% in their 40s, and 15% age 50+ battle breakouts. Some people even get acne for the first time as adults.

So why do adults get acne?


Foods that leads to a spike in your blood sugar such as pasta, bread, chocolate and desserts, can trigger skin’s inflammatory response and provoke a breakout. There is also a link between dairy products, particularly milk, and breakouts. Dairy, even organic and varieties without added hormones, all contain natural hormones that may lead to acne. There are over 60 hormones in one glass of milk.


Women tend to get adult acne more often than men do, and it can be due to fluctuating hormone levels. An imbalance can lead to breakouts. Women often experience fluctuating hormones during puberty, around the time of menstruation, during pregnancy, peri-menopause, and menopause. Also, birth control pills and other medications can play a role in breakouts.


Researchers have found a relationship between stress and acne flare-ups. When we respond to stress, our bodies produce more androgens (a type of hormone) which stimulates the oil glands and hair follicles in the skin. Experts say stress can lead to acne by signaling the release of cortisol, a hormone that tells your body to produce more pore-clogging oil.

These fluctuations can also affect weight, blood pressure, and other physical attributes. When we’re under stress, we are less likely to eat well, get enough sleep and take care of our skin. If you find you’re under constant stress, you may notice an acne breakout.

Family history

Research shows that acne risk was higher among women whose parents or siblings had adult acne. People who have a genetic predisposition for acne are likely to get adult acne too.

Adding all of these factors together can have a number of effects on a person, male or female, which is why a visit to a dermatologist is sometimes the best way to go. Stress and hormones can cause hairloss for example. Of course, there are some theories that mention that it is also hereditary, so even if you watch what you put in your body and make sure you don’t live a very stressful lifestyle you could still end up dealing with it. One’s own image is such an important thing, and both men and women are seriously affected by such a serious change as losing your hair, or even hair thinning. Losing your hair can feel so frustrating and stressful, and this helplessness could lead to high stress levels that could make it worse, or lead to other health issues. If perhaps hairloss cannot be prevented, there are things that can be done to try to mitigate the effect of the added stress. Some people opt for a human hair wig, and with so many variants and this service being so personalized, it is not difficult to transition to using one regularly. If no one is aware then that is a weight off your shoulders for sure.

Book an appointment with us to help you with your acne issues! Call (905) 503-7546.

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