Why Do I Still Get Acne and How Can I Get Rid of It?

Now that you’re past puberty, you’d think acne would be a thing of the past. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Acne is very common in teens, but more and more adults are struggling with this skin condition, too. 

No matter your age, we understand the effects your persistent acne has on your self-confidence and self-esteem. At Petrin Dermatology in Redmond, Washington, our skin-care expert, Dr. James Petrin has a talent for clearing up stubborn acne

To help you get the clear, smooth skin you expect now that you’re past awkward high school dances, we want to share some of the reasons you’re still getting acne and what you can do to get rid of it.

The basics behind your blemishes

When you’re struggling with stubborn blemishes on your skin, you may feel all alone. But acne is very common. In fact, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD), acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States and affects nearly 50 million people every year. 

Your blemishes are the result of an overproduction of oil, which traps dead skin cells in your pores and creates the perfect growing environment for bacteria. Normally, your pores push the dead skin cells to the surface of your skin so your body can shed them. However, when your skin produces too much oil, known as sebum, your dead skin cells stick together and get trapped in your pores. 

The bacteria that lives on your skin may also get stuck in your pores and quickly multiply, which leads to inflammation and the signature pimple. If a clogged, inflamed pore opens up deep under your skin, you develop what’s referred to as a nodule or a cyst.

Clogged pores that close and push out through the surface of your skin turn into whiteheads. If your clogged pore stays open, the surface of the pore darkens, creating what’s referred to as a blackhead. 

Why do I still get acne?

During puberty, hormones are responsible for triggering the overproduction of oil that leads to chain of events that produces the common skin condition. Now that you’re no longer dealing with the hormonal fluctuations of puberty, you may wonder why you’re still struggling with acne.

Well, it could still be related to your hormones. This is especially true for women who experience hormonal fluctuations during their menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause. In fact, adult acne is most common in women during menopause, according to the AAD. 

Your stress level may also play a central role in your breakouts. When under stress, your body ups production of androgens, which are hormones that stimulate oil production. 

Other reasons you’re still struggling with acne include:

Your struggles with acne could also be a family trait. Some people have a genetic predisposition for acne, which increases the risk of developing acne as an adult. 

How to get rid of your acne

Though you may not be able to control all of the factors that contribute to your breakouts, taking good care of yourself and your skin is a good place to start. We recommend:

You can try over-the-counter acne treatments to clear up your skin. But what worked for you when you were younger may not work for you now. If your at-home treatments fail to get rid of your acne, it may be time to get professional help. Our experienced dermatologist specializes in helping those struggling with acne that doesn’t go away. 

Some of the treatments we offer include:

We may also suggest a chemical peel as a treatment to get rid of your acne. 

You don’t have to suffer with adult acne. We offer many effective treatments to clear up your skin and boost your self-confidence. Contact Petrin Dermatology by phone or online today to schedule your appointment.

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