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Why Do I Have Acne?

Why Do I Have Acne?

One of the benefits of leaving the teen years behind is supposed to be a reduction in acne. However, not everyone grows out of this adolescent annoyance. In fact, more than 25% of women and 12% of men are still suffering breakouts in their 40s. Fortunately, treatments are available.

Dr. Carmelo Plateroti and our top-notch staff can help with all your dermatologic and aesthetic needs at Plateroti Dermatology in Templeton, California. With our unique combination of successful Western medicine treatments and proven holistic care, we work together with patients for the best possible results whether you have a medical issue like acne or are seeking a refresh of your appearance.


Acne typically occurs on the face, but for some people, it can also be found on the chest, back, and even the buttocks. There are a number of different types, ranging from noninflammatory whiteheads and blackheads to larger, more serious blemishes like papules, pustules, nodules, and cysts.

Though it is quite common in teenagers, acne can also afflict people into their 30s, 40s, and 50s. Some people even get it for the first time as adults.


There are a wide range of causes when it comes to adult acne. They can include the following:

Fluctuating hormone levels

Changes in hormone levels can affect everything from circulation and pH balance of the skin to the amount of inflammation. It can produce an excess of oil as well.


Many people have a family history of acne either in a close relative or someone a little more removed like an aunt, uncle, or cousin.

Skin and hair products

Oil-based shampoos, conditioners, and styling products can lead to acne as can certain makeup, face creams, and moisturizers.


Emotional stress can increase the amount of the stress hormone, cortisol, in the body, which can cause more oil production and therefore more breakouts. Physical stress like illness, lack of sleep, dehydration, and more can result in additional acne because of hormonal changes, inflammation, and weakened immunity. Smoking can also be a culprit.

Health and medications

Suffering from allergies or migraines can increase a person's risk of acne as can medications like antidepressants, corticosteroids, and some birth control pills.

Skin health

Pores containing excess oil can increase the turnover of skin cells, which may create clogged hair follicles and result in acne. Certain bacteria can also collect under the skin and cause blemishes.


There are a number of treatment options available, ranging from using oil-free cosmetics and gentle skin cleansers to avoiding the sun. For people who don't find relief with over-the-counter products, prescription medications can help.

If you're tired of looking in the mirror and seeing a face with acne, we can determine what skin care regimen and potential treatment is right for you. Click our request button, or call us at 805-434-2526 today to make an appointment.

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