Adult acne affects far more people than many of us realise and is common in both women and men. Acne can affect people of all ages, and it doesn’t just have a physical effect on the skin; it can be painful and can cause emotional distress and even contribute to feelings of depression. It can be maddeningly irritating, so it’s important to be aware of its causes for both management and prevention.

Keeping a diary will help you record and track a possible cause of your acne. It might also be sensible to include a record of what you’ve eaten and how you’ve slept. Sleep is vital for healthy skin, and getting enough can go some way to reducing breakouts. Though it’s a myth that food has any effect on adult acne, it’s still important to track what you’ve eaten, so you know you’ve had the right nutrients for your skin.


80% of adult acne sufferers are women, and unfortunately, one of the main reasons for this might be rapidly changing hormones. Hormones can fluctuate during pregnancy or can depend upon what day or week of the month it is.

If you know that there’s a particular time of the month where your acne will be at its worst, make sure you are taking measures to balance everything out. Hormone supplements are available, but it’s always important to hear a doctor’s opinion before seeking them out. You should also make sure you’re taking that extra little bit of care with your skin during these times, maybe changing something up about your skin care routine just before a breakout.

Physical and mental wellness

Stress is a massive contributor to adult acne levels. It’s no secret that your skin is at its worst when you’re run down, and especially when you’re stressed or feeling under the weather. A way to combat this is by ensuring you’re taking the time out to look after your body and mind. Stress and anxiety cause physical reactions such as a raised heart rate and increased sweat, and this excess of blood and sweat can put pressure on the skin. Meditation is in no way a direct cure for adult acne, but keeping those levels to a minimum is sensible.

If you do suffer from stress or anxiety, ensure you’re getting enough exercise. If your blood is pumping around your body, but you’re not exerting energy, this could have an adverse effect on your health. There’s also no better way to relax than with a few spa treatments, so head to the salon! A Lumineo Advanced LED Light Therapy treatment penetrates deep into the skin. It can help to even out skintone and keep breakouts at bay, so it’s perfect if you’re trying to minimise the appearance of adult ace or its after-effects.

Other causes?
There are a few other factors that cause adult acne. Unfortunately, adult acne can run in the family, so if your mother or father has suffered from it in the past, chances are you could too.

Ever noticed an increase of acne on your chin during the winter months? Take a look at that scarf and make sure that it’s properly cleaned on a regular basis, as anything that is in regular contact with your face, from your pillow to your makeup brushes, could cause breakouts if bacteria and grime is allowed to thrive.