Acne is never something you’d expect to be dealing with well into your 20s, 30s or even 40s! There are many reasons someone might break out when they thought they left that acne life in their teens, and unfortunately, they involve regular “getting older” reasons. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, a study exploring how prevalent acne is in adults over age 20 revealed that more than 50 percent of women between the ages of 20-29 and more than 25 percent of women between the ages of 40-49 were affected by acne. So, yes, the magical time in which most women are dealing with new-found wrinkles, they might also still be dealing with acne.
Acne can be annoying and ruin a lot of people’s day, week, and even month! But you can’t let it control you! The first thing you should remember is that acne is like SUPER common. Don’t be fooled by the advertisements you see on billboards and magazines because of 1000% of those models have imperfections on their skin that gets deleted in photoshop! Women’s Health Magazine reports that acne occurs when first, excess oil and dead skin cells mingle. They plug up your pores, which allows a hoard of bacteria to settle in and cause havoc. While teen acne tends to appear on the forehead, cheeks, and nose, adult acne usually shows up along the jawline, chin, and neck. The excess is oil production is caused by hormonal fluctuations and an increase in cortisol, aka the stress hormone. You don’t even have to be pulling-your-hair-out stressed, regular daily stresses can cause a flare-up.
(this list was compiled from information provided by https://www.teenvogue.com)
When it comes to finding products, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends looking for these terms on the containers, since these products are least likely to cause acne:
Waiting for acne to clear up can be quite a journey, which is why patience is vital during the process.