Adult Acne – how it happens and how to get rid of it!


I can distinctly remember having acne as a 14-year-old and being sure that at 28 I would easily be a millionaire who wakes up flawless every day. Only to wake up at 28 (as of 3 days ago!), still struggling with student debts, to find a HUGE spot right in the centre of my eyebrows, welcomed by the rest of the spot family that have made a home across my chin and jaw.

If you, like me, are still suffering with acne concerns way into adulthood, you should know, we are not alone. Up to 50% of adults will suffer with acne, with a higher percentage of women than men (lucky us!) likely to be faced with the double whammy of wrinkles and acne.

Thankfully there are steps we can take to prevent and cure all our acne ailments.


Diet and nutrition are a super important factor to the health of the skin. Remembering to drink water consistently throughout the day will encourage our systems to release waste and help to brighten complexions.


Recent studies suggest that dairy products and foods with a high glycaemic index (GI) can aggravate acne and cause flare ups.


These foods are rapidly absorbed and result in raised glucose levels, which triggers hormonal insulin to be released. This causes an increase in sebum or oil production – therefore promoting the development of acne.

Consider switching to non-dairy products such as almond milk and ‘brown’ carbs (rice, pasta etc).


There is anecdotal evidence to suggest that stress can also trigger breakouts. Try stress relieving activities such as yoga or jogging, however always remember to properly cleanse skin after physical activity. Sweat build up will clog pores, causing further skin issues.


Hormonal imbalances are a consistent cause of acne, from teenage-hood and beyond. 2/3 of acne prone women reported worse skin during or just before their monthly menstruation.

To control these hormones a combined contraceptive pill may be recommended, however if you are trying for a family or have certain health conditions this would not be an advisable option.


There are also a range of treatments out there specifically designed to help control and prevent acne breakouts.

LED or Light Emitting Diode is a light-based treatment that uses red and blue lights to penetrate the skin’s surface and work against inflammation and ba


The blue light works to minimise oil production reduce redness and inflammation, whilst the red light works to heal and repair the skin, as well as improving collagen levels (great for anti-aging too!)


Whilst over-exfoliating can damage the skin and cause further spots to arise, a great treatment with long term benefits is microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion works by exfoliating the dead layer of skin away and revealing new fresh skin. This treatment is particularly good for those living in congested areas with high levels of pollution causing them to suffer with blackheads and whiteheads.

Always confirm which type of microdermabrasion you will be getting, if possible avoid crystal and diamond tips as they can scratch the surface of the skin leading to irritation and ask if a mineral based tip is available.

IPL treatments are not just for hair removal, there are also IPL acne treatments available! They work to reduce oil production by shrinking the sebaceous glands and can be used on face or body, (bacne I’m looking at you!)

The light beams used are converted into thermal energy working to stimulate the skin. Additional pros are reduction in inflammation and redness as well as improved skin texture.


Do you suffer from adult acne? Let us know in the comments if you would like to try any of our treatments, or would like any further information.