Stressing Out Stress and acne go hand in hand — and unfortunately, you probably experience just as much stress (if not more) as you did as a teen.It's because stress hormones increase oil production. Shah, acne caused by any type of hormone appears in the lower half of the face, like on your cheeks and chin.Roller-Coaster Hormones Adult acne occurs more in women than in men (insert unamused emoji here), and we can thank fluctuating hormone levels for that.Our hormones are particularly in flux during menopause or during our period — showing up as breakouts a week before Mother Nature visits. Shah suggests using a cleanser that controls excess oil the week leading up to your period.Family Ties Unfortunately, even if you work to keep your skin in tip-top shape, some people have a genetic predisposition to acne that can make you more likely to develop it as an adult.(Thanks, mom and dad.) If this is the case, you can treat yours by severity.If Differin sounds familiar, you may have previously been prescribed it by a derm, but it's now available at the drugstore.
We know it’s hard to go cold turkey, so try limiting your intake or look for healthier alternatives.
It works on both big and mild breakouts alike by increasing cell turnover and preventing pores from clogging.
Just make sure to use a gentle cleanser and moisturizer before layering on the SPF, because your skin will be more sensitive to the sun — as with any retinoid.
Beauty Buildup Adults tend to use more hair and skin-care products than they did when they were teenagers.
(After all, we're not limited to an allowance anymore.) And common ingredients such as oil, shea butter, lanolin, and sodium laureth sulfate can dry out your skin and lead to excess oil production.
When we said goodbye to puberty, we thought we said goodbye to a number of things: awkward interactions with our 13-year-old crushes, arguments with our parents about sleepover privileges, and the frequent, unexpected appearance of pimples.