Clearing Adult Onset Acne

Adult onset acne can be a stubborn problem to fix. Adult skin is different than teenage skin so it's important to take this into account when choosing a skin care plan.

What is Adult Acne?

A lot of people think that acne is mainly just a problem for teenagers and that those spots will stop popping up once you hit adulthood. Not true!

The American Academy of Dermatology reports that 80 percent of adults between the ages of 20 and 30 suffer from mild to moderate acne.

Even people who didn't have acne as a teen might start to notice more and more breakouts as they age. Why is this happening?

Causes of Adult Acne

There are a lot of factors that can contribute to adult onset acne: hormones, stress, cosmetics, medications, etc.

Women in particular often experience premenstrual flares, usually around the mouth, due to fluctuating hormone levels.

Clearing Adult Acne

Many acne regimens on the market today are intended for teenage skin. But adult skin is different than teenage skin and it's important to take this into account.

Adult skin takes longer to heal and it can often react more negatively to acne treatments. Hyperpigmentation, scarring, sensitivity, and peeling are all more likely to occur.

The general rule of thumb for clearing adult acne is to "kill it with kindness".

You should always opt for more mild and gentle products instead of the many harsh acne treatments sold in drugstores. Using overly harsh or drying products can actually make your acne worse!

You need to strike a balance between clearing the bacteria and keeping skin hydrated.

If adult acne is an ongoing concern for you, I would recommend going to see a qualified esthetician or dermatologist to determine the best products for your specific skin type.

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Adult Acne Product Picks


Dr. Michelle Copeland - AHA Face Cream

Helps skin look smoother and feel softer. Stimulates cell renewal. Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines. 


Jan Marini Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% Facial Wash  

Reduces the presence of P acne bacteria. Leaves skin feeling clean without stripping or excessive dryness.


Md Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel 2 Step System  

Evens skin tone, minimizing areas of discoloration and enhances skin's radiance and clarity.


Replenix Power of Three Cream

Ideal for those who are concerned with aging, post-procedure healing and blemish-prone skin. Gentle enough for sensitive skin. A rich-emollient texture.