Are teenage breakouts different to adult breakouts? If so, how?

Yes, teenage breakouts (acne) do differ to adult breakouts, mostly in terms of what triggers the breakouts and where they are generally located on the face. Teenage breakouts can often be attributed to hormonal spikes throughout puberty and are typically characterised by breakouts over the whole face and even the neck and chest.

Adult acne is mainly caused by hormonal fluctuations as you age and is usually found around the mouth, on the jawline, and on the chin. For some adults (into their 30s, 40s, and even 50s), breakouts are a result of overproduction of androgens (male hormones) or an imbalance in both male and female hormones (estrogen). For women, this can happen during pregnancy, perimenopause, and menopause. Adult acne can be more persistent than teenage acne, and adult acne is often paired with skin sensitivity or dehydration, making treatment that much more difficult.

For any type of breakouts, it is important to avoid harsh, drying agents such as Benzoyl Peroxide and opt for natural formulations that are designed to address the internal causes, supported by skincare products that soothe and hydrate the skin whilst combating blemishes.

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