4 Causes of Sudden Breakouts

Having adult acne in your 20’s and 30’s is actually more common than you may think. We all assume that pesky breakouts only exist in our teenage years, but they can actually begin when we’re adults. There are a few reasons that you might be experiencing sudden breakouts later in life, but don’t worry, you’ve got options to treat it!

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1. Hormones
Fluctuating hormones can wreak havoc on our complexion. As women, our hormones can seesaw well into our adulthood due to our periods, pregnancy, menopause, and so on. An excess production of the hormone, androgen, can be the culprit of this. It increases our sebum production, which can clog our pores and cause breakouts. For some, this may be a side effect of their birth control, and for others, birth control can be the solution for breakouts. It’s important to consult a doctor to find the right birth control for you if you’re considering it as a treatment option. If not, it’s important to be proactive when it comes to your skin. Consider incorporating products that contain salicylic acid into your beauty routine to prevent or limit the breakout in the days leading up to the start of your menstrual cycle.

2. Stress
It’s no surprise that stress can take a toll on our overwell physical and mental wellbeing. When we feel stressed or overwhelmed, our bodies produce another hormone called cortisol. This can lead to increased sebum production, which in turn causes breakouts. Obviously, if we were able to eliminate the stress in our lives, we would. But since we can’t possibly eliminate all stressors life throws our way, it’s important to find healthy ways to cope when we find ourselves feeling this way.

4 Causes of Sudden Breakouts #stress #hormones #lifestyle #life #beauty

3. Lifestyle Factors
This can be anything from not washing your pillow cases often enough to touching your face too much. It can even be due to the weather and changes in climate. It’s important to address any variances in your skincare routine or your lifestyle since these could be the underlying culprits. Once you can pinpoint what it is about your lifestyle that could be causing your breakouts, be proactive and change those habits. Clean your cell phone, stop touching your face, wash your sheets and towels more often, and find skincare products that work best for your skin. This area may be a little harder to pinpoint, but it is essential in clearing up your skin!

4. You Love the Sun
Now we all love the sunshine and beautiful weather, but the myth that sunlight is good for acne breakouts is just that, a myth. If you use tanning beds or spend time outside without sunscreen, the UV radiation is damaging your skin, which can actually lead to your skin shedding water and oil. This will leave you with dry skin, and can even temporarily make the appearance of your skin look nicer, but it’s actually worsening it in the long run. Your bodies way of compensating for dry skin is producingmore oil, which can lead to future breakouts. Although you may feel you look your best after a day in the sun, you’re actually setting yourself up for those sudden breakouts you’ve been trying so hard to avoid.

4 Causes of Sudden Breakouts #stress #hormones #lifestyle #life #beauty


25 thoughts on “4 Causes of Sudden Breakouts

  1. Great post. I know when I get acne it is stress related. Frequent pillowcase changes help a lot though. I noticed it was always one side of my face until I started changing my pillowcase more frequently but also making sure my laundry detergent wasn’t irritating me.

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  2. I know stress is a huge factor in mine. When I have big deadlines at work or get beyond on my wedding planning I break out so bad. Also, I’m a sun lover and have been tanning this winter which I know doesn’t help my skin but it helps my mental health lol

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  3. I think stress and lifestyle factors like not washing my pillow cases and phone are big culprits. As are eating certain foods. Stress, however, is a huge one for me until recently. My face is finally clearing up again!

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  4. I used to be so excited to be an adult because I thought my acne would go away. lol Now I am nearly 30 and I break out about once a month and when my diet changes. I still am trying to find out exact triggers and what helps reduce it but I am resigned to that fact that I will have it for years to come.

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  5. Acne has been the bane of my existence, at every age. Ha! I’m tired of it, even though it’s not nearly as severe or terrible as it was when I was a teenager. Genetics play a large role in mine, but things like hormones and diet also contribute. Thanks for sharing this helpful information!

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  6. I’m 30 and still find spots very annoying, I’d hoped by this age my skin would be clear but nope! I don’t find any OTC spot/acne products really do much of anything, but there are a few factors as you say that can contribute to breakouts. Stress is a big one, that has so many knock-on effects. xx

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