The Bummer of Adult Acne

The Bummer of Adult Acne


Acne and the teenage years go together like the Dolphins and Don Shula. Pretty much everyone has acne to some degree at some point of their junior high and high school years. It coincides with the surging hormone levels present during puberty.

OK, so why do I have a breakout now when I’m 31?

Well, adults can still get acne. In fact, for some unlucky souls, this may be their first acne, having sidestepped the acne-prone teenage years.

At Skin Care Research, we run clinical trials that can provide inexpensive treatment or even paid compensation for adult acne patients. Read on to see why you have that breakout.

Reasons for adult acne

When acne strikes long after you were roaming the halls of your high school, dermatologists call it “adult-onset acne.” It’s more likely for a woman than a man, due to fluctuating hormone levels.

Here are the reasons adults can develop acne:

  • Fluctuating hormones — Just as it was fluctuating hormones due to puberty, for adults it’s typically women with fluctuating hormones around their periods; during pregnancy, perimenopause, and menopause; and after discontinuing or starting birth control pills.
  • Stress — Our bodies react to stress by producing more androgens (growth and reproductive hormones in both women and men). These hormones stimulate the sebaceous glands in the hair follicles, just as happens when the sebaceous glands overproduce oil and clog in teenagers. This creates a breakout due to the inflammation of the clogged gland.
  • Family history — There appears to be a genetic predisposition for acne. If you have a close relative who has acne, it’s more likely you will develop adult acne.
  • Hair and skin care products — Look for one of these terms on these products: non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic, oil-free, and won’t clog pores.
  • Medication side effects — Acne can be a side effect of certain medications. It can trigger breakouts or make existing breakouts worse.
  • Underlying medical condition — Some medical conditions can cause acne.

If you’ve been unsuccessful in finding the right treatment option for your adult acne or acne scarring, are seeking affordable acne treatment, or are looking for paid compensation, sign up for a future clinical trial today with Skin Care Research. Call us at (561) 948-3116 to learn more about your clinical trial options.