Q5. Why do some people develop acne in adulthood?
A5. Acne usually develops during adolescence but there are some people who escape this only to find that they experience this in their twenties or even their thirties.
It is usually women who experience this which can be attributed to changing hormone levels. Adult acne often occurs in middle age which for women is the time of the menopause.
During this time, oestrogen levels fall which may cause an increase in testosterone which regulates sebum and sweat production. This increase can lead to an excess of sebum which then clogs the pores and results in acne.
Pregnancy also causes fluctuations in hormone levels as do certain types of oral contraceptives. An ovarian cyst can also cause acne.
Certain types of make up which are oil-based and ‘comedogenic’ are another trigger as they can block skin pores.
Another less well known cause of acne in adults is anabolic steroids. These are a type of synthetic male hormone which is used by athletes and bodybuilders to increase muscle mass and strength. But they come with a range of side effects which includes acne.
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