There is no way to predict who will develop adult acne and who will not. Unfortunately, adult acne can present for the first time even in your 40’s. For many of our adult patients, we recommend the use of a topical retinoid for anti-aging purposes. The added benefit of these creams (besides preventing wrinkles) is that they help to keep the pores clear and stop the development of acne, therefore helping to prevent adult acne before it ever starts.
What is the role of stress in the development of acne?
What your mother has been telling you for so many years is actually true; stress can contribute to acne. While stress isn’t the true cause of acne, increased stress can aid in the development of acne. Studies on teenagers have shown that those who were under increased stress were 23% more likely to have acne. Stress causes the adrenal gland to produce excess levels of androgen and increased levels of androgen can lead to the development of acne.