So, you’ve survived the ravages of puberty to become and adult, only to find that now you’re affected by adult acne. Is it possible to have acne as an adult? Unfortunately the answer to that is a definite yes.Most people won’t get acne as an adult to the same extent they will as teenagers, when hormones are in full effect, but a good twenty five percent of men and fifty percent of women will suffer from acne vulgaris, the medical term for common acne.Acne vulgaris is caused when a hair follicle becomes clogged with oil and skin cells. What happens after that determines the individual effects of acne. If the pore around the follicle is wide open, you’ll get a blackhead, because the material will oxidize. If it’s closed, then you get a whitehead. If it burst open beneath the skin, you get a pimple. If the pimple becomes large and inflamed, then what you have is a cystic lesion.Regardless of the age at which you get it, acne is a problem. It causes embarrassment, self esteem issues and if left untreated, there’s a chance that it can lead to disfiguring scarring that can’t be cured by anything short of plastic surgery.There are several causes of adult acne, but they may not be the ones you’re thinking of. Too much chocolate or too many fats? Nope, not an issue. Nutrition can be a factor, but it’s not a matter of avoiding certain foods so much as improving your overall health through a wholesome diet.Lack of hygiene is rarely an issue. Indeed, it’s far better to treat your face gently and give it two washings a day, morning and night, than to be constantly grinding at it with washing through the day, which will only make the problem worse.The primary causes of adult acne are hormones and stress. This is why, not surprisingly, why women tend to have more problems with adult acne than men do. While stress is an equal opportunity problem, women have a much more complex hormonal system as an adult than men do.Because women’s bodies cycle through various levels of hormones throughout the month in tune with their menstrual cycle, they have a much greater likelihood of developing acne, especially in the week or so before the menstrual period.Aside from hormones, women have an additional factor that can lead to acne as adult: makeup. Makeup applied to the skin and not thoroughly removed each night, and for sensitive skin that might not be enough, can easily clog pores and cause acne. So it’s important to use makeup that works with your skin.Stress affects both men and women, and is a major cause of adult acne. The body is not designed to be under stress for long periods of time, and so most of our reactions to stress are beneficial in the short term and very bad over the long term.Stress causes the body to release stress hormones, which have various effects on the body as a whole but are catastrophic to the skin. The hormones cause the pores to contract, the skin to become oilier and the immune system to become weaker, all of which equal more acne.So the answer to the question of adult acne; is it possible to have acne as an adult? That’s a definite yes, but fortunately, there are a number of ways to treat and manage your adult acne problems, so there is always hope.