Teen age is vulnerable to acne due to various changes including hormonal imbalances. People normally believe that the occurrence of acne reduces once the teenage is crossed. While this may be true in some cases, there are many women experiencing acne, particularly during their thirties. Let us understand the causes of acne in women after the teen years.


Acne, although a skin condition, has a lot to do with your diet, lifestyle and overall health. Hormonal imbalances, digestive problems, other health conditions, poor dietary habits, unhealthy lifestyle and of course, stress can be some of the influencing factors.


causes of Acne in Women After the Teen Years

Causes of Acne in Women After the Teen Years

Some of the possible causes of acne in women after the teen years include the following:


Dietary Factors Can Cause Acne in Women After the Teen Years

After the teens are over or later during the thirties, women are often too busy to pay attention to their diet:

  • Low intake of fruits and green vegetables can lead to dehydration, which can trigger acne in women after the teen years. Consuming fruits, green and leafy vegetables and plenty of water helps to remove toxins, which is important to prevent acne. If women fail to do this, they are likely to experience acne after teen years.
  • Women may experience hormonal imbalance and changes more than men, which can also trigger unhealthy food choices. Consumption of junk foods sweets, sugary baked goods, chips, white bread and crackers with a high "glycemic index" can trigger acne in women after the teen years.
  • Women also tend to consume more milk and dairy items than men. Dairy items can cause hormonal disturbances and consequently result in acne in women after her teen years.

Psychological Reasons

  • Stress plays an important role in hormone regulation and other health problems. Stress and psychological factors are an important cause of acne striking women after the teen years. Women are highly emotional and often this emotion takes heavy toll on them. Their emotions invite undue stress in their life, which can show on their skin in shape of acne.
  • Women who are highly stressed or undergoing emotional imbalance, those who are depressed or get angry every now and then, are likely to develop acne. Women who have low stress and hardly get tensed or are able to manage their stressors well, may not show acne break outs. Women who are used to suppressing anger or any other kind of excitement may experience acnes frequently even after teens.

Physical Reasons That Can Cause Acne in Women After Her Teens

  • Hormonal changes are the commonest reason for why acne can strike women after teen years. Acne outbursts are commonly seen in women during pregnancy or during other problems of menstrual irregularities and hormonal imbalances.
  • Women who are suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or other hormonal disorders which boost testosterone production, often experience acne after teen years. It is important to treat these conditions in order to get rid of acne.

Apart from these, there are few other common things, which can cause acne in women after the teen years. While the problem of acne during the teens mostly resolves after some years, in some women, they may continue even after the teen years. For some women it is common to have acne outburst before and after menstruation, which may continue even later on. This is also one of the commonest cause of acne in women after the teen years.

Women taking birth control pills are also at risk of hormonal imbalances, which can trigger acne after the teen years.

Another factor is the familial tendencies; some women having parents and siblings with adult acne trouble, often experience acne after the teen years. Also, use of cosmetics that harm the skin and other external applications too can cause acne and other skin troubles. Clogging of skin pores due to excessive oil, sweat or skin cosmetics can cause damage and result in an acne outburst.

While these are the common causes of why acne can strike women after the teen years, certain medical conditions too can play a role in some cases. Hence, it is best to seek medical advice for the most appropriate diagnosis and treatment of acne after the teen years.

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Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:


Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: July 6, 2017

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer


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