Ridiculous, Post-adolescent Acne at 30!

Penny Pratley - Saturday, September 06, 2014

Having had hardly any spots as a teenager, it was a massive shock to realise I had become one of the many 30 somethings who were suffering with what we now call late on-set acne. Remembering this has prompted me to write about the effects as well as the different foods and medicines which can cause this skin disease.

In my 30's, my husband and I ran a dance event business together. We had a massive outdoor event planned in the summer of 2007, we were running up and down the country and the stress levels were almost unbearable. I kept pushing on and like anything stretched to the limit, something had to give. In my case it was my skin.

Yes I had had the odd spot now and again but this was different. Massive boils appeared along my jawline and then a few weeks later on my forehead and cheeks. I learnt to live with it for many months, it was so difficult to treat, for a long time nothing seemed to work! I was prescribed an antibiotic from my GP which didn't make any difference at all. At the time I was also on the pill but thinking about planning my first baby.

I was at my wits end! It's not just unsightly, acne is actually painful. Running my hands over my face and feeling the terrible boils made me feel so unhappy. I didn't want to go out and socialise, even going to the gym became miserable. The persistent acne was making me feel even more stressed!

Eventually I made up my mind to come off the pill and also my stress levels reduced. Over the next six months the acne disappeared.

Why does it occur?

Chin acne has been recognised as a combination of hormonal changes prior to menstruation. Our skin can produce higher levels of sebum causing oily skin, reduced pore size at the time of ovulation, less resilient skin barrier, changes in the skin and bacteria can all lead to breakouts in adult woman.

Many dermatologists claim chronic stress has been identified as the primary cause of adult acne. One friend of mine had acne and after being away on holiday for a month and totally de-stressing, found her acne just disappeared.

Other causes include:-

  • Discontinuing with birth control
  • Change in skin care regime
  • Side effects of medication
  • Polycystic ovaries - particularly when acne is combined with excessive hair growth.

I was also reading recently, diet has also been linked to acne. Food which read high on the glycemic index, such as white bread and cakes, and dairy can exaggerate acne. But there are also positives links with food. A diet rich in the anti-oxidants found in fruit and vegetables can help, also pro-biotic and anti-inflammatory foods.

Treatment for acne and spotty skins

Acne is a skin disease and belongs in the hand of a skin dermatologist if the condition is really severe. But if you are suffering with an oily skin type and spot, you can be treated by a beauty therapist on a regular basis and you will see a massive improvement in your skin condition and appearance.


With a range of specialised facials to suit all kinds of skin types and conditions at my salon, one treatment for oily, acne prone skins is the Galvaderm Facial. With regular application, High Frequency can keep acne away long after expensive medication and treatments have failed. High Frequency gently cleanses the skin of the acne-causing bacteria and unwanted toxins whilst making the skin more receptive to acne lotions. The results can be extremely dramatic. Even after the first few treatments.

Crystal Clear Microdermabrasion

Exfoliation is one of the most important skin treatments. It helps maintain the skins natural glow, assists in the treatment of certain skin conditions and keeps the complexion looking healthy. Without exfoliation skin care products are treating old skin cells, meaning that you are unlikely to experience much benefit from your skin care routine. Microdermabrasion also helps oily, spot prone skins. People who have acne scarring also see massive benefits from this treatment.

For more information, please do give me a call at the salon and we can arrange a free consultation.

Until next time, 

Penny x

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