12 common causes of adult acne flare-ups

adult acne cause

Adult acne flare-ups annoy a big percentage of women in their 20s and 30s. Check out these common causes of adult acne flare-ups to prevent a mew breakout!

Cosmetics:
You might be using the wrong products. Switch to oil-free and non-comedogenic products that won’t clog your pores.

Wrong oral contraceptives:
Birth control pills containing small amounts of estrogen and larger amounts of progesterone can make your acne worse.

Stopping oral contraceptives:
Discontinuation of birth control pills can often result in acne breakouts.

The way you cleanse your face:
Excessive face-washing (More than three times a day) or the frequent use of "harsh" exfoliative cleansers can cause a breakout. Always be gentle with your skin.

Touching Pimples:
Rubbing, scratching or “picking at” your face will increase your number of active pimples and put you at risk for long-term scars. Don’t do it!

Menstrual cycle: 
Do you have deep (And sometimes painful) acne cysts under your chin and jawline? A fluctuation in hormones, like the change in hormones before a menstrual cycle, may be the cause.

Drugs:
Oral medications like corticosteroids, lithium and Vitamin B12 can cause your skin to break out. Drugs used in the treatment of epilepsy and drugs containing iodine can cause an acne flare-up, too (learn more about B12 and acne here).

Muscle-building hormones:
Take whey protein? It’s is proven to cause acne. If you need these protein supplements, use plant based (And whey free) products.

Your Toothpaste:
Using a toothpaste that contains fluoride is one of the causes for acne pimples around the mouth and lips.

What You Put In Your Hair:
Excessive use of hair gels and creams are a common cause of forehead acne. Try not to use too much product near your hairline.

Junk food:
Greasy foods and snacks and spicy foods can get oil around your mouth — if it stays there, it can cause a breakout.

Stress:
When you're stressed, your adrenal gland releases makes the stress hormone cortisol. Unfortunately, these hormones will also make your acne worse.

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