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What are the causes of adult acne and what are the best adult acne treatments? Find out from Cumberland Skin.

What’s Causing My Adult Acne? And What are the Best Treatments For It?

Whether you are a teenager or an adult well into your 30s, 40s, and 50s, acne is a troublesome skin condition to deal with. From the irritating whiteheads and blackheads to the more painful cysts and nodules, acne can be a constant cause of stress and anxiety that may seriously impact your overall happiness and quality of life. 

If you’re an adult that suffers from acne, just know you are not the only one. According to research from, around 32% of women and 21% of men between the ages of 20 and 70 years suffer with acne breakouts. 

This means that not only is adult acne incredibly common, but that effective treatments for adult acne are constantly being researched and improved upon to help people find relief from this problematic skin condition. 

At Cumberland Skin, we come across adult acne on an almost everyday basis. Thus, we deeply understand this common skin condition, including what causes it and how it is best treated. Learn more about adult acne by reading our short guide below. 


What Causes Adult Acne? 

Adult acne, also known as post-adolescent acne, can be caused by a myriad of things. Although, when you get down to the basis of this common skin condition, acne is really caused by four main factors – excess oil production, clogged pores, bacteria, and inflammation. 

Whether you have acne as a teenager or acne as an adult, one of these four main things (or a combination of them) is likely the culprit behind irritating breakouts. 

However, adults in particular often deal with a few things that influence these factors, including stress, imbalanced hormones, menstrual cycle, diet and lifestyle, hair and skin care products, makeup, and more. 


What are the Best Adult Acne Treatments? 

If you’re dealing with adult acne, you’ve likely wondered what the best treatments are and how dermatologists help patients address and clear their stubborn acne. 

At Cumberland Skin, our board-certified dermatologists use several effective adult acne treatment options. In many cases, a combination of these treatment methods are used to achieve the best results. 


Topical Acne Treatments 

A topical treatment is often the backbone of every acne treatment regimen, as there are several prescription and non-prescription creams, lotions, gels, and serums to choose from that work effectively for different types of skin. 

Exceptional topical acne treatments include: 

  • Topical Retinoids
  • Topical Antibiotics 
  • Azelaic Acid 
  • Topical Salicylic Acid 
  • Topical Benzoyl Peroxide 


Oral Acne Treatments 

There are a few different oral treatments that work well in addressing the factors that cause adult acne. This includes: 

  • Oral Antibiotics 
  • Anti-Androgen Medication
  • Oral Contraceptives 
  • Isotretinoin (AKA Accutane) 


Facial Treatments 

In addition to non-prescription and prescription topicals and oral medications, there are a variety of facial treatments that also treat adult acne. 

At Cumberland Skin, our dermatologists recommend a few chemical peels to help exfoliate the skin and unclog pores, which is a significant factor that can cause adult acne

Even better, chemical peels also improve the look of acne scars, which can often be an issue if one suffers from deep, cystic acne. To learn more about our chemical peels and how this facial rejuvenation treatment benefits the skin, click here


Clear Skin with Cumberland Skin 

If you’re ready to address your adult acne with top acne treatments from board-certified dermatologists, the experienced team at Cumberland Skin would love to help you achieve clear, glowing skin! 

To learn more about our adult acne treatments, as well as our other facial treatments that will elevate the look of your skin, reach out to our clinic by by contacting us online or calling 615-449-5771 for our Lebanon office, at 615-964-5941 for our Hermitage office, or at 615-824-7491 for our Hendersonville office. 


Cumberland Skin Surgery and Dermatology provides effective, compassionate general dermatology, skin cancer surgery and cosmetic dermatology solutions for our patients throughout the Southeast. With offices in Hermitage, Lebanon, Brentwood and Hendersonville, Tennessee, we’re your destination for high-caliber skincare. Visit our website at or give us a call today at 615-449-5771.

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