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Adult Acne

By Brian David Douglas

Woof! What a stud! You’ve found your dream guy on the dating app and finally have your first date this evening. OMG! You look in the mirror and realize you woke up this morning with a volcanic-size zit on your face. Why is this happening? Aren’t I too old to be getting acne?

Acne is caused by excessive skin oil, bacteria, inflammation and sticky skin cells blocking your pores. Adult acne can be frustrating to treat because the products you used as a teenager are no longer effective. Teenage skin regenerates quickly, but as we age our skin becomes more sensitive and dehydrated causing acne to develop deeper and more painful. Some things that affect adult acne are:

Fluctuating Hormones

Whether it’s due to menopause or low T, as we age our hormones fluctuate. Hormone replacement therapies help, but can also send your body’s hormones through a rollercoaster ride. If you are taking testosterone for example, you may notice flair ups around the time of your dosage – especially in areas like the chest and back.


There is a proven link between our level of stress and acne flare-ups. When we are stressed our body produces more of the androgen hormone. This stimulates the sebaceous glands causing them to produce more oil. This oil can clog the pores and create an environment for acne-causing bacteria to thrive.


Foods (and cocktails) high in sugars have been shown to aggravate acne. The increased sugar levels create an inflammatory response that can lead to breakouts. Many skin care experts recommend taking probiotics to counterbalance the unhealthy bacteria and inflammation.

Poor Skin Care Habits

Over-cleansing and over-exfoliation can actually be detrimental to the skin’s health. It can strip away essential moisture and irritate the skin leaving it more vulnerable to infection. Mechanical facial brushes can scrub the skin too harshly and move acne-causing bacteria around to other areas of the face. How do you even clean those things?

Please, please stop picking at and squeezing your face! This creates more inflammation, can cause further outbreaks and even worse – scarring.

Acne is a true medical condition and, in many cases, the best option is to consult with a dermatologist. There are many facial treatments and skin care products that can help keep acne at bay. It’s always best to find a licensed esthetician that you trust other than experimenting with drugstore products.

Here are my favorite products from Repechage for treating adult acne:

  1. Hydra Medic® Face Wash is a deep cleansing formula with Willow Bark Extract to gently exfoliate excess grime buildup, helping to prevent a greasy feel.
  2. Hydra Medic® Astringent is formulated with plant extracts to balance the skin, leaving it clean and refreshed.
  3. Hydra Medic® Mattifying Moisturizer is a non-greasy formula which helps reduce the appearance of shine while leaving skin with a soft, velvety-matte finish.
  4. Sea Mud Perfecting Mask deep cleans and helps absorb excess oil, reducing the appearance of shine. The best pore-shrinker!
Photo by Michael Murphy

Brian David Douglas is the owner of David Douglas Spa. His Global Award winning spa was named “Top Spa for Men” by American Spa magazine. Douglas is an International Educator for Repechage and was named the “Rising Star” in skin care.