6 Surprising Causes of Adult Acne



"Ah! What a beautiful morning on the day of the biggest presentation that will determine whether I get a promotion or not. Nothing could go wrong today because I have been preparing for five weeks just for this day. Let me go freshen up aaaand I have a huge pimple. Well, I can just put make-up on it so no one will notice. Hmm…. it looks so round and pop-able, but I shouldn't do it".


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"Ok! And now I have a scar which I can't cover up with make-up. Thank you, brain".

I wish this scenario was hypothetical, but it's something I had experienced on the day when I had to present my thesis. This happens to millions of people every day and is honestly nothing to worry about. Acne is completely natural, even among adults. That being said, acne can signify some underlying problems that may be more serious than the acne itself. Fixing those underlying problems might lead to reduced acne. 

1. Picking Those Zits

Whether it's picking a new bump that’s just forming or a full-sized zit, popping those pimples can cost you more than you think! 

Every time you pick a zit, you are hurting your skin and risking scarring. You also end up pushing whatever is in that pimple deeper into your skin. All that bacteria and pus clogs the pores & causes inflammation. 

If you’re looking for something to help with this, we recommend using the WOW Apple Cider Vinegar Foaming Face Wash. It is filled with hydrating ingredients that leave your skin deeply cleansed without drying your skin. It’s also great for lightening blemishes and scarrings!

2. Fragrances 

You can’t judge a book by its cover, especially with beauty products.

Fragrances smell heavenly but they have some not-so-heavenly effects on your skin. Fragrances can aggravate already dry skin and they are also a common source of various dermal allergic reactions. 

You may not notice a reaction the first time you use a product. It may take up to a few weeks for the flare-ups to appear. 

Looking for fragrance-free products? All WOW Skincare products like WOW Apple Cider Vinegar Foaming Face Wash and the WOW Apple Cider Vinegar Mist Tonic are made without any harsh chemicals (and they still smell amazing.)

3. You’re Using Too Many Skin-Care Products

If you’re in love with skincare products, you have probably lost count of how many products you purchased in the past few months alone.

All those new products on social media can be pretty hard to resist. And you may already be experiencing effects like redness & flaking. This eventually leads to further skin issues & acne breakouts. You probably may not even have sensitive skin to begin with.

Keep your skincare routine simple, and watch your skin glow with joy!

4. Your Haircare Products

If you’re getting adult acne, there’s a good chance you’re using the wrong shampoo. 

It’s common to have your face pay the price for your shampoos as it leaves a residue on your skin with every wash. Most commercial soaps and shampoos have a drying effect on your skin & scalp as they’re designed to solely remove oil & dirt. 

Ingredients like Parabens & Sulphates are common culprits. Switch to gentler products and you should see your skin clear out within 4-6 weeks. 

The WOW Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo & Coconut Avocado Oil Conditioner are amazing hair products with gentle formulas. All WOW products are free of harsh chemicals and cruelty-free! 

5. Stress

Although stress isn't a direct cause of breakouts, it can hinder other body functions that may lead to acne. Stress causes our body to release cortisol, which could impair sebum regulation. Constant stress could even alter the skin's microbiome, which is essential for killing harmful bacterias on the skin. The exact results of cortisol on the microbiome are under debate, but observational studies have shown that on average, people who are under constant stress tend to have more frequent breakouts than people who do not. 

6. Unclean Pillow Cases or Sheets

Just think about how long your face stays in contact with your pillowcases, sheets, or blankets. Not washing these items may lead to bacteria accumulation on them and your face. That is 8 HOURS of contact with a dirty surface on an average. This is why it is vital to wash or clean everything that comes in contact with your face. This may also include cell phones, in which case, wiping them daily with disinfectant wipes would be your best bet. 

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