5 Reasons You’re Still Getting Acne in Your 30s

Adult acne in your 30s can be a real nuisance.

Getting acne in your teenage years seems like a usual occurrence, but battling pimples in your 30s feels like overkill. Right? Yet, adult acne in your 20s and 30s is actually pretty common.

Find out what’s causing your acne, and how you can treat it effectively.

Can You Get Acne When You’re an Adult?

One of the biggest skin care myths out there is that you only get pimples and acne in your teenage years.

Acne is caused by a combination of clogged pores and bacterial overgrowth. Sebum, dead skin cells, and dirt can trap bacteria and yeast, which can lead to an outbreak for anyone at any age.

In fact, 54% of women and 40% of men still struggle with acne over the age of 25.

So, if you still have acne and pimples in your 30s, you’re not alone.

Luckily, knowing what might cause your acne can also help you find an effective treatment for it.

5 Reasons Why You’re Still Getting Acne in Your 30s

1. Hormones

Hormonal changes are some of the most common reasons for adult acne in your 30s.

For both men and women, hormonal changes in their 30s can lead to skin problems.

Testosterone and estrogen levels begin to decline in your early 30s. This means lower cell turnover, less elasticity, and dryer skin.

If you don’t take care of your skin to balance out these hormonal changes, this can lead to early wrinkles and acne flare-ups.

2. Diet

What you eat directly affects how your skin looks. And depending on your diet, it can also trigger an acne outbreak, even in your 30s.

Certain foods can make your acne worse:

  • Dairy products: Milk, yogurt, and cheese are common culprits behind flareups
  • Alcohol: While alcohol doesn’t directly lead to acne, it can influence your hormone levels, which in turn influences your skin.
  • Sugar: Soda, candy, and other processed foods with high sugar content can also make acne worse.

3. The Wrong Skin Care Routine

A skin care routine that doesn’t suit your skin type is just as bad as not having one. Either way, pimples can come if you’re not treating your skin in the right way, or if you use products that block your hair follicles.

If you want acne-free skin in your 30s, make sure you have a strategy for your skin care routine

Examine your skin type, find products that fit your skin’s needs, and stick to the routine. 

Acne in your 20s and 30s is more common than you think.

4. Not Drinking Enough Water

As you get older and busier it’s easy to forget about drinking enough water. 

Drinking enough water keeps you and your skin well-hydrated. If your skin’s dry, it may overcompensate with excessive oil production. That means more sebum to block your pores.

5. Birth Control

Birth control or lack thereof can also contribute to more frequent acne flare-ups for women.

Using birth control, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and approaching menopause can easily throw your hormonal balance out of place.

Switching birth control methods can sometimes bring positive results. And committing to an effective skincare regimen can also ensure clear skin in your 30s. 

Consult with your doctor or gynecologist about changing your birth control method. They advise the best course of action if your current choice of birth control is causing acne. 

Use our tips and advice to get rid of adult acne.

How to Treat Adult Acne in Your 30s

Whether you’re a teenager or an adult, you need to treat your acne to have a clear complexion.

  1. Commit to a skin care routine: Having a regular routine to take care of your skin can ensure that your skin stays clear, healthy, and glowing.
  2. Buy the right products: If you have acne-prone skin, you need to buy products that target the cause of your breakouts. Products with salicylic acid are a good choice for most skin types.
  3. Cleanse twice a day: Regularly washing your face removes built-up sebum, dirt, and dead skin cells, and prevents acne.
  4. Exfoliate twice a week: Use gentle exfoliants or a muslin cloth to remove dead skin cells from your face. Over exfoliating also has its dangers. You may cause irritation and dry out your skin
  5. Wash your makeup off before bed: No matter how tired you are after a busy day or a night out, always wash off your makeup before you go to bed. Your skin regenerates while you sleep. Leftover makeup can disturb that process.
  6. Opt for non-comedogenic products: Whether it’s makeup or a new lotion, always read the label. If you have acne-prone skin, only buy dermatologically-tested non-comedogenic products. This ensures that the products you put on your skin don’t block your pores.
  7. Drink more water, eat less processed foods: Staying away from foods that you know make your acne worse can help clear up your complexion.

Get Personalized Advice to Tackle Your Adult Acne

Not treating your adult acne doesn’t just cause flared-ups, it can also leave you with acne scars, discoloration, and early signs of aging.

Knowing what your skin type is and what products are most effective in treating your acne is the best way to clear up any breakouts. 

BIALife is here to help guide you through this journey to a clear complexion. Talk to board-certified dermatologists, receive personalized advice, and get unique recommendations to achieve the goals you have for your skin.

Become a BIALife member today to start treating your adult acne effectively!

With love, Janelle & Shasa

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