Why have I suddenly got acne?

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Why do I have a sudden acne breakout on my face?

Although acne is often associated with teenagers, it’s actually quite common to develop acne in your 20s and 30s too, this is sometimes called adult acne. A member of The Mix’s community found themselves in this position at 25. Read our expert answer below to pick up some tips on how to deal with a sudden acne breakout later in life.

Why do I have a sudden acne breakout on my face?

“I always thought I was lucky because I’ve never really suffered from spots. Now I’m 25 and suddenly I’ve got loads on my face. Do you have any idea why I would get acne so suddenly?”

We can’t diagnose the exact cause over the internet, but we can share some thoughts and ideas. Let’s start by saying this sort of thing is really common. Nearly 70% of us get acne, at some stage and in differing degrees. Most people experience spots in their teens, anywhere from the face to the neck, back or chest, but many are affected in their 20s and 30s, so you’re certainly not alone.

Causes of a sudden acne breakout

There can be many causes for a sudden acne breakout. Think, has anything changed recently? Changes to your diet can sometimes lead to acne, as can changes to your skin care regime. Has anything else about your lifestyle changed? Are you washing your pillowcase enough? Dirty pillow cases and bedding can sometimes block your pores and cause outbreaks of zits.

Unfortunately there is no cure for acne, but there are plenty of ways to treat it with creams like salicylic acid. Learn more about acne treatment here.

Why am I so spotty? What can I do to prevent spots?

In spot prevention a healthy diet is important, as is drinking lots of water, which helps to flush out any toxins in your body. Gently exfoliating and using antibacterial face washes may also help alleviate the problem, but be careful how often you wash your face as washing too much can make acne worse.

Get some tips on getting a balanced diet here, this can sometimes improve your skin.

More help with outbreaks of spots

If you’re still worried, take a look at our article about what causes spots, which contains lots of useful information and tips. If the ideas there don’t help, it’s worth a visit to your doctor (GP). Doctors can prescribe specific treatments to help deal with spots, and they can also refer you to a dermatologist if they feel it’s necessary.

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By The Mix Staff

Updated on 04-Nov-2022