Acne at age 30 – causes and my reliable methods to fight adult acne

Acne has stopped being associated only with adolescents. Unfortunately. Pimples, blackheads, blemishes are a threat even to people after 30 years of age. Adult acne differs in terms of location and its type: instead of blackheads, hard subcutaneous papules appear, which gain pus and cause inflammation. What’s more, acne at the age of 30 often occurs in the area of chin and jawline as well as neck and the back. In some cases, when acne affects adults around 30, the main reasons are hormonal imbalance, stress, environmental pollution, and an unhealthy diet. What are other causes of adult acne and what are the best remedies?

Acne at the age 30 – causes 


The main cause of acne in the 30’s is the increase in androgen levels, i.e. male sex hormones. The level of androgens increases before periods, which is why we can notice the biggest amount of breakouts and blemishes. The period of the best skin condition is at the time of ovulation – then, the estrogen and progesterone levels reach the highest values. Later, its condition gradually deteriorates.

If already during puberty, acne appeared on your skin or only intensified before and during menstruation, it’s most likely that this tendency will always accompany you. The only thing that you have left is careful skin care, especially moisturizing. In addition, you can go to a gynecologist who will prescribe contraceptive pills to regulate the level of hormones.

In turn, the non-physiological growth of androgens is most often caused by discontinuation of hormonal contraception or the use of improperly chosen contraception.


Adult acne may have a genetic basis. To confirm this, just ask your parents and grandparents about their experience.


If you work in an air-conditioned room and you do not have access to fresh air, your skin will dry out, which is likely to provoke sebaceous glands to increase the production of sebum. If you cannot change the environment, modify the way of daily skin care. For this purpose, at least twice a day, cleanse it with a mild alcohol-free preparation and moisturize thoroughly; also, drink large amounts of water and apply moisturizing masks.

Stress and lack of sleep 

Life under constant stress and chronic sleep deficiency is reflected on the skin and reveals its gray or blue tint, bags and dark circles under the eyes and acne. Improving the comfort of your everyday life will positively affect the condition of your skin.

Hormonal contraception

Incorrectly adjusted hormonal contraception or its interruption usually results in deterioration of skin condition and, as a consequence, acne. Changing tablets should prevent this.

Unhealthy lifestyle

Unhealthy lifestyle, which includes, alcohol abuse, smoking cigarettes, eating irregularly and badly composed meals, can drastically worsen the condition of your skin and cause acne. Eliminating unhealthy foods, sweets, excess salt and hot spices from the menu, as well as quitting cigarettes and limiting alcohol consumption should cleanse the skin and restore its healthy appearance over time.

Using several makeup cosmetics at once

Makeup cosmetics have an oily formula and pore-clogging qualities because they contain various chemical substances and artificial colors. If we use them in excessive amounts, we expose our skin to allergies and acne. In case of breakouts and sebum overproduction, it is recommended you give up on full makeup for some time.

Remedies for adult acne 

Antibiotics, vitamins and hormonal medication

If the form of acne you struggle with is severe, you might need a therapy with antibiotics, vitamin PP (B3 and niacin) and B12 or even hormonal treatment.

Proper cosmetics 

If your acne is rather mild, no radical treatment will be needed. In this situation, proper skin care will suffice. The cosmetics that you need to reach for should prevent the growth of bacteria in sebaceous glands and normalize the process of sebum secretion. They include cleansing preparations that prevent excessive skin dryness, ie:

  • mattifying cream regulating the work of sebaceous glands;
  • deep moisturizing cream (best suited for sensitive and prone to irritation skin);
  • concealer with zinc to hide imperfections;
  • a mild cleansing toner without alcohol content.
Dietary supplements 

Dietary supplements in the form of vitamins, minerals, and elements necessary for the proper functioning of the body will certainly improve the condition of the skin, as long as they are tailored to its needs. To determine this, you should run tests that will determine the shortage in the body.

Eliminating bad habits

First of all, give up on all anti-acne cosmetics for teens if you’re no longer a teenager. At an adult age, they are not a good option and can only worsen skin condition. They usually contain alcohol that excessively dries out the skin. Secondly, never go to sleep with your makeup on and do not wash your face with soap. In addition, after each cleansing and washing your face, apply a layer of cream. What’s more, regularly use a gentle exfoliating scrub and cosmetics based on zinc and salicylic, lactic and glycolic acid, as well as benzoyl peroxide and sulfur.

What are your ways for fighting acne, my dearest thirty-year-olds? Make sure to share your experience in the comments!


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