Dealing with Adult Acne in your 20s and 30s? You are not alone

by Anush Bichakhchyan

What is having flawless skin if not a blessing? Most of us struggle the entire life against acne using proper skincare, following a healthy diet, and thousands of beauty tips. Acne becomes our enemy in our teenage years when we don’t follow any skincare rules and do nothing but expose our skin. Then we get older and more conscious about our body and skin. With all the high-quality and natural beauty products, we may still experience acne in our 20s and 30s. So if you also experience clogged pores and zits, remember, you are not alone. We will help you to deal with acne and take care of your skin.

WHY DO WE STILL GET ACNE IN the 20s & 30s?

Even though acne peaks are between 14 to 17 for girls and 16 to 18 for boys, acne isn’t a teenager’s issue. It can become a chronic skin condition and will need a lot of effort to get rid of.

There are two types of adult acne - persistent and late-onset centered around the jawline, chest, or back; both types end up with scars and pigmentation.


There are several reasons why you experience adult acne. If none of the below-mentioned reasons does refer to you, you’d better ask for professional help.

If someone in the family had adult acne, that could be a reason for your skin problems. 67% of adult acne is caused by genetics.

For girls and women skin irritation and acne is a common thing for PMS. Adult acne is related to hormone fluctuations that cause excess oil and pH imbalances.

Contact irritation
Sometimes skin irritation is caused by external irritants like dirty hands, glasses, harsh skin care products, or shaving dry skin.

Clogged pores
The most common reason for adult acne is low-quality cosmetics and skincare. Most mass-market products include silicone that results in pore-clogging.

Physical stress
The physical response to stress can also be adult acne. This can also include lack of sleep, dehydration, illness, and air pollution.


There are two options; you can either go for DIY acne treatment tips or medical treatment.

At-home treatments
  • Tea tree oil
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Aloe vera
  • Topical probiotics
  • Topical vitamin A
  • Probiotics
  • Oral or topical zinc

Medical treatment
  • Salicylic acid products
  • Benzoyl peroxide products
  • Spironolactone
  • Retinol
  • Products with glycolic acid
  • Hydroxy acid
  • Sulfur
  • Blue light therapy

Also, find high-quality skincare products at Arkive shop and build healthy skincare to eliminate acne. Make sure the products are chosen for your skin type thus increasing the positive effect of products. If you are not sure about your skin type, check out "How to figure out your skin type".

With love,
Arkive - by Anush Bichakhchyan

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