Adult Acne - Why You Might Have It and What You Can Do About It

If you are suffering from adult acne, it can feel very unfair. You have already survived through those awkward teenage years, only to find yourself still dealing with white heads and sore angry pimples in adulthood.

Adult acne is acne which occurs after the age of 25 and it is actually more common than you might think. Acne involves the production of excess oil causing pores to become clogged which leads to inflammation of the skin, presenting as angry red bumps and white heads.

There are a number of reasons why acne might be presenting in adulthood. These include:

  • Hormone imbalances or hormonal changes

  • Stress

  • Dietary factors, such as food intolerances, or poor food choices

  • The use of certain skin and beauty products

  • The use of some medications

  • As well as underlying conditions, such as endometriosis or polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

What Can You Do to Help Reduce Your Adult Acne?

Firstly, if you suspect there are underlying conditions resulting in your acne presentation, such as endometriosis or PCOS, always consult with your doctor for a diagnosis, as treatment of these underlying conditions will in turn help to resolve your acne presentation.

Other ways to support skin health and reduce acne include:

  1. Ensure you are staying hydrated. Water is so important for flushing out toxins from the body, and keeping your skin hydrated. Aim from at least 2 L of water per day. It is amazing how a change so simple can have such a big impact on your overall feeling of health and wellbeing.

  2. Reduce or remove dairy from the diet - research shows that dairy consumption increases the risk of acne in teenagers and adults. Try swapping your dairy yogurt for coconut yogurt and your cow's milk for plant based milk, like almond milk or oat milk.

  3. Check for nutrient deficiencies, such as zinc. Zinc is an important nutrient for skin health as well as hormone health. Ensuring you are getting enough zinc in your diet can help to reduce your acne presentation. This can be achieved through zinc rich foods, such as pumpkin seeds and shellfish, as well as supplementation. Come in and chat to our nutritionist today about an appropriate supplement for you.

  4. Switch your beauty and skincare products to ones that don’t dry out your skin and are free from harsh chemicals. We love the Eco By Sonya products for acne prone skin. Shop in-store or online here.

  5. Remove sugary foods from the diet. Research shows a link between high-glycemic-index foods and acne.

  6. Check for food intolerances. Those with a gluten intolerance will often report skin concerns such as acne. Consult with a naturopath if you think food intolerances may be contributing to your acne.

About the Author

Casey is a clinical naturopath and nutritionist and the founder of The Natural Path Health. She has a passion for identifying and treating the root cause of disease to achieve long-lasting health goals with her clients. "I love helping my clients regain their energy and vitality for life."