Common Causes Of Acne
For many adults, what was thought to be suffering in adolescence continued into their twenties and thirties. For other adults with acne, breakouts didn’t start until their 20s.
The causes of acne in adults vary and can be one or a combination of the following.
Until recently, stress acne was a myth. Researchers are now beginning to understand the relationship between stress and acne. For adults with acne, stress is the leading cause of postpubertal rash.
When we are exposed to stressful situations, the brain turns on the central nervous system, which in turn sends signals to the rest of the body as part of the primitive fight or flight response. Part of this response is hormonal secretion from the adrenal glands and sebaceous secretions from the sebaceous glands located under the skin.
Hormonal imbalance and sebum production, which can block pores, are known to contribute to acne breakouts.
Hormonal imbalances as a cause of adult acne mainly affect women. Irregularities that occur during a woman’s menstrual cycle or as a result of pregnancy can lead to breakouts.
There are adult men who have reported having monthly acne attacks. While it is clear that men do not menstruate, it is believed that men can have hormonal cycles similar to those of women.
Adults who drink coffee tend to drink more coffee than teenagers. The caffeine in coffee and tea stimulates the production of cortisol, which is also known as the stress hormone. As noted, hormonal imbalances are known to contribute to acne in adults.
Chemicals that enter the body through cigarette smoking limit the blood circulation of skin cells, limiting the skin’s ability to heal and regenerate. The toxins released by cigarette smoke can clog pores and promote bacterial growth in pores, all of which contribute to adult acne.
Recent research shows that people are more likely to get acne in adults if they have a family history than adults with acne.
Environmental work conditions that expose the skin to high levels of contaminants, irritants, or moisture can exacerbate acne in adults.