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A pretty Asian woman is using her finger to touch her face

When you were a teenager, you may have thought that once you were older, you would no longer have acne and random breakouts. Unfortunately, adult acne is a common occurrence, with 15% of women experiencing it into their 30s and 40s. Even if you didn’t suffer from pimples as a teenager, you can experience adult acne as you head into your mid-20s. 

While some of the same causes of acne in your teens still apply when you are postadolescent, other factors will affect your skin as you age. It is important to learn what these elements are so you can develop an effective skincare routine and decrease acne scars and signs of skin aging. 

5 Hidden Causes of Acne

Having naturally glowing skin can be easy once you figure out your skin type, the actual cause of your acne, and the best way to take care of it.  

1. Air Pollution 

Microscopic particles of soot, dust, or dirt can enter your pores. Different gases including ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and carbon monoxide can also cause harm to your skin and alter its microbiome. 

Pollutants in the air will begin to break down your skin’s natural barrier by negatively affecting the natural bacteria, lipids, and collagen in it. They can cause breakouts, rashes, and irritation as dirt particles gather on your skin, clogging your pores. 

Pollution also decreases the amount of vitamin E in your skin, which protects your skin against age spots, sunburn, pimples, and skin cancer. 

2. Sebum Overproduction

Sebum is the waxy, oily substance that is made by the body’s sebaceous glands. Its purpose is to moisturize, coat, and protect the skin. If your skin is overly oily, that could mean your body is creating too much of the fat-like molecules, called lipids, that constitute sebum. Your face has the highest concentration of sebaceous glands in your body, so too much sebum can result in acne and clogged pores. 

3. Imbalanced Skin Microbiome

The skin microbiome is an ecosystem of bacteria that helps protect your skin. The duration and intensity of your exposure to various factors such as clothing fabrics, cosmetics, and UV radiation can affect your skin’s microbiome.

An imbalanced skin microbiome results in an overgrowth of unhealthy bacteria, causing acne. An imbalanced gut microbiome can also affect your skin’s microbiome, contributing to skin problems such as acne, eczema, and rosacea.  

4. Too Many Skin Care Products

When your skin starts getting too oily or dry, you may think applying layers of skincare products can remedy the issue. But adding too many products or changing to a new one can aggravate your skin. 

Using too much anti-acne medication can burn and irritate your skin – and even cause more acne. Common acne-fighting ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and tea tree oil do work, but they can dry and damage your skin. Benzoyl peroxide is commonly found in anti-acne products but for those with sensitive skin, it can cause a rash or irritation. 

5. Poor Diet

The foods you eat affect your skin. Foods high in carbohydrates, such as pasta, cake, and cookies, can lead to more acne breakouts since they increase blood sugar levels faster than other types of food. As your blood sugar quickly rises, your body will release insulin. Too much insulin in your bloodstream can lead to oil overproduction that causes acne.

Ways to Combat Acne 

Implement a skincare routine that is tailored to your skin type to keep your skin hydrated, reduce breakouts and dark spots, and prevent the early signs of aging. 

  • Wash Your Face: There are some nights when you’ve had a long day and don’t want to take the time to wash your makeup off. No matter how tired you are, remove your makeup, even if you use a makeup wipe to take it off. Sleeping in your makeup can lead to breakouts.


  • Don’t Pop Your Pimples: When you apply pressure to a breakout area, you increase the inflammation. This can lead to more acne, scarring, and sometimes pain. The next time you wake up to see a pimple on your face, leave it be. If it is painful or doesn’t go away, make an appointment with a dermatologist.


  • Clean Up Your Diet: Foods such as whole grains, legumes, and vegetables, and fruits can lower your risk of acne breakouts. Zinc, antioxidants, and vitamin A and E reduce inflammation, which can also be beneficial for your skin. 

Figure Out Your Skincare Routine

If you’re suffering from continual acne breakouts, implementing a strict skincare routine will help clean out your pores, get rid of excess oil, and heal blemishes faster:

  • Cleanse Gently: Use your fingertips or a soft cloth to wash your face with a mild and PH-balanced facial cleanser, which is effective for gently exfoliating your skin.


  • Apply Astringent or Toner: These products can tone, hydrate, and eliminate excess oil on your face, helping to fight against blemishes and blackheads. Use a cotton ball to apply the product to your neck and face. Astringents are best suited for oily skin, but if you have dry skin, use a hydrating toner.


  • Use Acne Medications: For those recurring acne skin, you may consider acne medication. Once your face has dried, apply acne treatment to your face. You can find some over the counter, but check their ingredients. You want to avoid products that contain benzoyl peroxide if you have sensitive skin.


  • Apply Moisturizer: Moisturizing is important, even if you have oily skin. Use a lightweight moisturizer twice a day. The best type of moisturizer for sensitive, dry, and oily skin is one that is non-comedogenic and lightweight and fast absorbing.

Boost Your Skin’s Natural Health and Eliminate Breakouts

Healthy skin starts with an effective skincare routine that is designed especially for you. Our products have been specially designed with your specific needs in mind to reduce early signs of aging and balance any oiliness in your skin. All of snowperk’s products are made from over 95% naturally derived ingredients to improve the quality of your skin, getting you results in as little as a week.

Need to know your true skin type? Use our snowperk iD™ skin analysis tool to have a personalized skin routine created just for you.

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