Teens and young adults have different skin to adult skin. So is acne different too?


The causes of acne, at all ages, are similar. Acne can be linked to overactive or deregulated hormones (sex hormones, stress hormones, insulin, etc), the choice of lifestyles (nutrition, skincare, habits, activities) and the environmental factors. It is known that 85% of adolescents get acne and about 40% of adult women get acne. A small % of adult men get acne and are usually linked to steroid use or high consumption of milk proteins. 

But age makes some differences too. The composition of the hormones, in particular the sex hormones, changes from puberty to various stages of adulthood. Skin's age also changes. Young people’s skin are in a ‘growth mode’ (faster collagen synthesis and faster renewal of the skin cells) compared to adult skin that enters ‘ageing mode’ from around 25 (ageing in the sense of the growth phase being over).


In general, young people’s skin are more sensitive than adult skin because they had less exposure to skincare products and to the environmental factors.


Adolescence Acne Vs. Adult Acne

Acne at adolescence is linked to the growth phase. The body grows as a response to the changes in hormones and growth factors, and all these moving parts can cause acne. Adult acne post-the-growth phase are usually linked to the deregulation of hormones (no growth factors). 

Regardless of the phase or age of the acne sufferer, Skin Diligent believes that trying to understand the causes of acne is important, and not merely targeting the symptoms. This is because acne is not an isolated skin condition, it is a message from our bodies of its state of health.

For adolescents, Skin Diligent recommends replenishing the antioxidants to be one of the pillars of targeting acne. For adults, balancing the hormones is possibly more important. And for both, maintaining a balanced gut and skin microbiomes is key.


How to choose skincare if you are a young person?

Choose skincare that doesn't contain sensitising ingredients, allergens and preferably products formulated for sensitive skin. If it is irritating or formulated with high percentage of certain active ingredients, the products can sensitise the skin.

Products that irritate the skin is not OK. Any ingredient that irritates the skin isn't good. In the case of acne, harsh and irritating products can add more fuel to an already inflamed and fragile skin condition.


As an adult, can you use Skin Diligent Acne-Prone Skin Solution?

Yes, adults can also use Skin Diligent skincare products, and they are safe for pregnant and lactating women. Our skincare products have been tested for oestrogenic endocrine disruption, are hypoallergenic, non-sensitising, non-irritating. The Acne & Stress food supplement has been formulated for teens and young adults. Please reach out to us if you would like to discuss adapted food supplementation for adults.  


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