Adult Acne Vs Teenage Acne Causes

You might think that acne is something that only teenagers suffer from, but adult acne can affect up to 55% of us! You may wonder how acne in adulthood differs from the type you suffered from as a teenager, and there’s quite a difference, from causes to how it’s treated.

Adult Acne

Adult acne differs from teenage acne. Adults who suffer from acne tend to have breakouts on their chin and around their mouths and jawlines. This is caused by slower cell turnover, which allows oil to build up and cause inflammation, cystic acne and pimples.

Adult skin is more delicate than teenage skin and tends to dry quicker. This means that acne treatments will need to be gentler on the skin. Look for salicylic acid products with a lower percentage, like our ZO Skin Health range.

What causes teenage acne?

Teenage acne usually starts in puberty, when our sebaceous glands start producing oil. Teenage acne tends to show up all over the face, and back, chest and shoulders.

The best way to treat teenage skin breakouts is with a more aggressive approach. Teenage skin is a lot more durable and thicker than adult skin. Also young skin that produces too much oil needs more aggressive treatments to reduce the presence of p.acnes bacteria and dry up all that oil that causes the areas around nose and cheeks to shine. Our ZO Medical range is perfect for a more aggressive approach.

Fortunately, the ZO® Skin Health and ZO® Medical ranges offer formulations that are suited to treat all types of acne for women and men of all ages, from blackheads to bacne.

For more advice on managing your acne, ask your ZO® doctor who can recommend the right ZO® Acne Solutions for you.