Ask An Expert: Why Do I Have Acne In My 30s?

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How many of you thought that acne was just something you had to deal with as a teen, but well into your 30s find yourself frustrated by it? Why are you still suffering? We asked our experts to find out.

Hormone levels begin to dip in your late 20s, and only get worse as you get older. “Any time there are hormonal changes, hormonal fluctuations or stress, you can still break out,” says Smithtown, NY, dermatologist Marina Peredo, MD. “If it’s a mild breakout, try over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide, cleansers and retinol products, or switch to mineral makeup. If it doesn’t get better with that, get professional help.”

The breakouts that you had when you were a teen can be different than what you are experiencing as an adult. “As an adult, it is possible that you have developed perioral dermatitis, rosacea or adult acne. Perioral dermatitis is a hormonal breakout that is primarily located around the mouth area and chin. Rosacea can extend from the cheek and nose down to the mouth area,” says Las Vegas dermatologist Alison Tam, MD. “Your dermatologist can recommend treatments that range from topical and oral treatments to procedures such as laser therapy.”

One of the main problem areas among adults? The chin. “There are lot of sebaceous glands on the chin compared to other areas of the face, and because of the way the chin naturally creases, cell renewal is a little bit more challenging in this area. Most people get little whiteheads and breakouts on their chin, even when the rest of the face remains clear,” explains San Antonio dermatologist Vivian Bucay, MD.

Hormones and age may not be the most surprising acne culprits, but did you know toothpaste can cause breakouts too? “One of the most important things that is overlooked in personal hygiene is what kind of toothpaste we use. Whitening toothpaste in particular has ingredients that can cause breakouts on the chin,” explains Dr. Bucay.  

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