FAQ – Acne

Adult Acne

The following are common questions typically asked by clients about Adult Acne:

“I am in my late 20s but still have acne – Why?”

Whether you are an adult, teenager or child, acne is caused by the same things: excess skin oil and bacteria. All hormonal changes, including pregnancy and menstruation, can trigger excess oil, as can starting or stopping the contraceptive pill. Acne tends to run in families, so if one or both of your parents had adult acne, you are at higher risk. Acne can continue into your 40s and beyond.

“I wash carefully but still get blackheads. Why?”

Blackheads form below the skin’s surface, when oil, reacts with air in a partially clogged pore. When the pore is fully blocked you get whiteheads. Microdermabrasion is one of the most effective treatments for treating acne, and combined with an effective skin care regimen we can get great results.

“Contraceptive pill – cause or cure acne?”

Contraceptive pills can help some (but not all) women control acne. The hormones in birth control pills can help block androgen hormones which cause oil glands to over-produce sebum. Not all acne is caused by high androgen levels and fast-growing bacteria in the pores also contribute to some acne.

“Does make-up cause acne?”

Yes. Anything that you put on your face has the potential to block pores. Use oil-free makeup, sunscreens, and other skin products. Non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic products can be better for acne-prone skin.

“I am under stress – can that cause acne?”

In some people, excess stress can worsen acne. If you think stress triggers outbreaks, look for relaxation techniques.

“What’s the truth about chocolate and acne?”

There’s no scientific proof that eating chocolate, sugar, or greasy food causes acne. If however, you notice that certain foods seems to trigger breakouts, then avoid them. Remember though it takes two weeks or so for a spot to emerge so you will need to keep a food diary to check your theory.

“Is acne related to anemia?”

This theory has not been proven and scientists believe that possibly taking too much zinc to treat acne may cause anemia.

Am I stuck with acne forever?

Many people find that with age, acne becomes less aggressive and may even go away completely. It is less common after age 44 and for some women, acne ends with menopause. To avoid the risk of scarring you should seek professional advice.

“What’s the best way to treat acne?”

At The Cosmetic Clinic we have an 80% success rate at treating acne without antibiotics and medication. In some cases, antibiotics are essential. We are recognised as a leading authority in the management of acne. Our acne programs have been taught to doctors and professionals throughout Australia, New Zealand and even parts of Europe.