What Causes Adult Acne?

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Blemishes and breakouts aren’t solely reserved for teenagers. Many men and women continue to suffer from adult acne into their 30s, 40s, and even 50s. For others, the bothersome problem goes away and returns 10-15 years later out of the blue. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths concerning what causes adult acne and how to treat it.


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Today, we’ll go over a few acne-causing culprits to help you rid yourself of this pesky problem. After all, the last thing you need right before that big work presentation is a giant zit rearing its ugly head.

Hormonal changes play a significant role in adult acne because it increases the production of oil. You may notice acne is posted prominently prior to your period, during pregnancy, or starting/stopping birth control. Perimenopausal or menopausal women often experience acne due to fluctuating hormone levels.

Unhealthy lifestyle habits can affect your skin negatively. Over time, sun damage or smoking can break down the surface of the skin causing enlarged pores -prime real estate for acne-causing bacteria.


High levels of stress may be your biggest enemy when it comes to acne. Stressful situations signal the release of pore-clogging cortisol. It turns out, balancing work, family, and social life might be affecting you just as much on the outside as much as it is on the inside.

Family history, changes in medication, and chemical-based skincare products can also be the cause of your acne. Our providers will help determine the source of your problem and create a personalized solution to suit your individual needs.

At Levy Dermatology, we have several options designed to alleviate your adult acne. Whether it’s a medical-grade facial, laser skin rejuvenation, or BroadBand Light therapy, we’re confident that we can help you get your acne under control. Take your life back with a smoother complexion.

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To learn more about adult acne treatments, please schedule your consultation by either filling out the form on this page or by calling Levy Dermatology, serving Memphis & Collierville at (901) 624-3333. We look forward to working with you!</p

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