Acne is an embarrassing problem, no matter what your age. Adult acne is a widespread problem -- nearly 30 percent of women and 20 percent of men over the age of 20 experience breakouts. The problem is caused when the oil your skin produces clogs your pores, attracting bacteria and becoming inflamed. Improving the look of your skin involves improving your habits.
Make sure your diet is full of healthy, nutritious, vitamin- and mineral-packed foods, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and that you're drinking enough water. Adequate fiber and calcium intake seem to balance out hormonal levels in many women, which can help eliminate adult acne. Conversely, consuming too many sugary foods can alter your levels of insulin production and cause numerous health problems, including an increase in adult acne.
Become more aware of your shifting hormonal levels, especially if you are a woman. Many women notice a spike in their adult acne during PMS and menstruation. Stress can also contribute to adult acne. Understanding your body's habits can help you be prepared to head off acne.
Choose gentle cleansers, and use over-the-counter products containing benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid for spot treatments.
Speak to your dermatologist about prescription acne medications, but know that each of the prescription acne treatments can cause a different set of negative side effects.