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Why Do I Still Get Acne?

May 16, 2023

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Are you someone who struggles with acne and can’t seem to keep it at bay no matter what method you try? Let’s explore why you may still be breaking out and find ways to manage it.

Despite following a strict skin care routine and living a healthy lifestyle, acne is a common skin condition that can affect your self-esteem. The good news? It’s highly treatable by getting the right care. 

Whether it’s facials, creams, laser services, vitamins and supplements, homeopathic therapies that help regulate healthy hormonal production, or the occasional oral antibiotics, we find the treatment plan that works best for your skin. 

If you’re wondering why your acne flare-ups keep returning, you’re in the right place. We’ll cover some reasons you may still be breaking out and provide tips to help manage and prevent it. 

Why do I still have acne as an adult? 

One of the main misconceptions about acne is that it’s reserved for teenagers. The truth is, many adults break out well into their 30s, 40s, and even 50s. Known as “adult-onset acne” by dermatologists, there are many reasons adults still break out. From hormonal changes to increased stress in your daily routine, we’ll cover some of the main reasons adults get acne so you can tackle the source of your frustration.  

Hormonal Changes

Hormonal changes can lead to acne breakouts, and it's one of the reasons why acne is prevalent during puberty. However, hormonal fluctuations can occur at any age, and certain factors can trigger them, such as:

  • Menstruation
  • Pregnancy
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Menopause

When hormones fluctuate, the sebaceous glands in the skin produce excess oil, which can clog pores and lead to acne.

How stress causes acne 

Acne is an immune system response to the bacterial breakdown of your oil production, which is why it worsens when you’re overwhelmed. Is it any wonder you’re more likely to break out during stressful periods of your life? Whether it’s financial struggles or difficult life events, stress causes your body to produce more hormones called androgens which stimulate the oil glands and hair follicles in the skin and often lead to acne. 

Finding the right skincare routine 

While having a regular skincare routine is essential to keeping your skin healthy, it's possible that some of the products you're using may be causing or exacerbating your acne. Some common mistakes people make when it comes to their skin care routine include:


Cleansing your skin too frequently or using harsh cleansers can strip your skin of its natural oils, leading to dryness and irritation, which can cause acne.

Using the wrong products

Using skin care products that are too heavy or oily can clog your pores, leading to acne breakouts.

Not removing makeup

Sleeping with makeup on can clog your pores and cause acne breakouts.

Applying heavy ingredients 

Avoid using makeup products that contain oils, waxes, or heavy ingredients. Look for non-comedogenic, oil-free, and lightweight moisturizers and sunscreen.

If you’re ready to take your skin care routine to the next level, regular acne facials can be an extremely effective treatment option. Dr. Levit and our team at Levit Dermatology offer facial treatments that clean your pores, remove dead skin cells, and nourish your skin by removing trapped oil and dirt. 

The importance of a balanced diet 

Everyone reacts to certain foods differently, which is why experts recommend keeping track of any ingredients in your diet that typically trigger acne breakouts. While there isn't a specific diet that can cure acne, some foods often noted to avoid include:

  • High-glycemic foods
  • Dairy products
  • Processed foods

In conclusion, while acne can be frustrating, there are several reasons why you may still be experiencing breakouts. By understanding the causes of acne and making some changes to your skin care routine, diet, and lifestyle, you can help prevent and manage your symptoms at any age. 

At Levit Dermatology, we believe that health and beauty is our duty. We understand the impact that healthy skin can have on your well-being, and we’re dedicated to helping you achieve your goals. 

Dr. Eyal Levit MD has been helping patients with acne in person and through telemedicine not only in the USA but across the globe and has been a keynote speaker on acne therapy at international conferences the latest being in 2016 in Spain.

If you're still struggling with acne and want to learn more about our treatment services, contact Levit Dermatology and give us a call to book your first appointment with Dr. Levit or any of his highly skilled board-certified dermatologists today. 

Wishing you all health and beauty. Be good, do good, and may good come your way.