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What Causes Adult Acne and How to Treat It?

For those of us who struggled with acne as adolescents, the last thing we want to do is deal with adult acne. Like when we were teens, adult acne can be embarrassing and cause us to feel less confident at work and in social interactions.

What causes adult acne?

According to WebMD, adult acne is caused by sebum, an oily substance produced by the skin's sebaceous glands. Sebum clogs pores, which attracts bacteria and become inflamed.

For some adults, breakouts are a result of hypersensitivity or the overproduction of male hormones known as androgens. An imbalance in both male and female hormones (estrogen) can also cause breakouts.

In women, this can happen during pregnancy, perimenopause  and menopause. Besides hormones, some medications and cosmetics also contribute to developing acne.

How to treat adult acne?

Gentle cleansers are a good option. We apply our favorite cleanser to our Vitagoods Face & Body Cleansing Brush, and that routine has worked wonders for our skin. Since using the Vitagoods cleansing brush for several months, breakouts have been fewer and our skin looks younger and brighter. To purchase yours for just $39.99 (that's 60% off the list price), use Everything She Wants' customized code, Style813, when you check out.

Creams, gels and spot treatments with salicylic and glycolic acid can be effective. Just make sure they don't dry your skin out too much.

Visit an aesthetician or dermatologist for a blue light therapy treatment to kill acne bacteria. These treatments can be costly, but from personal experience, they work.


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