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Overcoming Adult Acne as a Female

Do you suffer from adult acne as a female? Adult acne can be indicative of many different things. But above all else, it’s just plain frustrating. Do you wake up and stare in the mirror? Trying to figure out how to cover it up? Just to be left feeling helpless and not wanting to leave the house?

So what does this mean?

There can be many causes for adult acne as a female. Hormone imbalance can definitely play a role as well. So let’s explore this deeper.

Plus you’ll get a complete skin care toolkit to better understand what approach might be best for you! Not every tool might be appropriate for you. Just like in real construction talk, would you use a hammer when you really need a drill? 

So let’s get into this. 

Causes of Adult Acne


-Excess stress

-Hormone imbalance

-Pregnancy-related hormone changes


-Environmental toxins that get trapped in the skin


-Vitamin A deficiency

-Poor skin hygiene 

-Beauty products and skin care products 

Toolkit for Acne 

Anti-Androgenic Approaches: Spearmint tea has been shown to reduce androgen activity and can help with excessive hair growth and acne breakouts. Oftentimes, in women with PCOS, acne is caused by excess testosterone. This excess testosterone causes sebum to be produced. Excessive sebum production can lead to acne breakouts. 

Proper Skin CareTea tree oil facial products have become a popular option for acne. It has antimicrobial benefits and helps to reduce acne and  inflamed lesions.

Proper cleaning, products and make up are all important to look into. 

I am no skin specialist, but I’ve had my round of acne and learned a lot about the products that I was using on my skin. It might be helpful to meet with a skin care specialist to learn more about what products are right for your skin. 

Vitamin A Supplementation: Supplementing with vitamin A has been shown to help treat acne. It’s important to note that not everyone should go supplementing with vitamin A. In my clinic, I specifically test for this to see if there is a deficiency. I’ve seen vitamin A deficiencies in clients with acne. This is just another tool to be mindful of. 

Anti-Inflammatory Diet: This word is getting so overused, so just hang in there. Really, anti-inflammatory can look different for everyone. Typically though, when giving up gluten, sugar, dairy, corn and soy – some people may see improvement in acne. Along with added in superfoods like turmeric, berries, leafy greens, nuts and seeds. 

Experimenting with eliminating foods for 30 days to 3 months may be a good indication if diet is playing a role in your acne breakouts. 

Balance Hormonal Swings: Hormonal swings for women with PCOS or during menstrual cycles can lead to acne production. Including foods that support hormonal balance can be helpful. In general, meals should be focused around balancing the blood sugar and insulin. This means protein and high quality fats at every single meal. 

In addition, here are some specific foods that can help support hormone balance:

-Cruciferous vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts 

-Maca powder


Stress management: The severity of stress has a direct impact on acne breakouts. Managing stress is easier said than done. However, you can work on reducing stress a little bit each day. I typically recommend deep breathing exercises 3 times a day.That way you are consistently working on regulating the nervous system. It can be as little as 2-3 minutes each time.

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