For some, spots are only a problem during teenage years when hormones and puberty trigger acne. For others however, breakouts continue to be a problem in their 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond. Normally, it’s the cause of the breakouts that changes over time.
Luckily there are ways to both prevent and treat breakouts regardless of age. Here are some ways to overcome acne as an adult.
In your 20s
By your early 20s, the hormones that caused havoc during puberty should have calmed down leading to fewer breakouts. For many though, the fluctuations in hormone levels before and after your period can cause spots and excess oil.
At this stage of life, many women choose to go on birth control which can affect your skin (both positively and negatively) speak to your doctor about which option is best for you and your skin.
Preventing breakouts in your 20s:
Use a gentle antibacterial cleanser to prevent monthly hormonal spots. If you are acne-free the rest of the month, only change your cleanser (not your entire routine) for around three days before your period starts. Look for a formula that contains salicylic acid.
In your 30s
When you get to your 30s, the most common cause of breakouts is stress. This is a stressful period in many people’s lives as they are likely juggling a career, family life and household. Skin-wise, women in their 30s may also detect signs of ageing.
Preventing breakouts in your 30s:
Manage your stress levels with enough sleep, exercise and healthy diet. Try relaxation techniques like meditation to alleviate stress. Make sure your skincare routine is balanced to focus on breakout prevention and anti-ageing. Use serums and moisturisers that are lightweight or even oil free.
In your 40s
At this point consistent acne shouldn’t be too much of an issue, but some still experience hormone-related breakouts due to perimenopause. Estrogen helps to regulate sebaceous glands in the skin (which creates oil) and during perimenopause, these hormone levels decline which can lead to spots.
Preventing breakouts in your 40s:
Use targeted acne treatments as needed for blemishes. Doing this will ensure you don’t dry out your skin by using an all-over treatment. You should also be careful not to pick your spots, at this age especially as ageing skin takes longer to heal. Many women at this age look to use a retinol treatment, but be aware that this can aggravate acne so is best avoided if you still suffer breakouts. Try a well-formulated salicylic serum instead.