Have you already been able to make quite a few laps around the sun and do you still suffer from acne? Or have you only started to suffer from this annoying skin disease at a later age? Then you are certainly not the only one. Anti-Aging Secret talked to the experts at the Van Rosmalen Kliniek. Today they share some valuable tips to combat acne later in life. Are you reading along?

What causes acne in women later in life?

Acne is a chronic skin disease that mainly occurs during puberty. Many a teenager with acne has the hope that clear, beautiful skin will come with age. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and you can also suffer from impure skin at a later age. Persistent acne is a continuation or relapse of the skin condition that occurs from puberty into adulthood. It is also possible that as a young adolescent you never suffered from acne, and that this annoying skin disease only shows up after the age of 25.

How do you recognize acne?

Acne is more common in women than in men. Acne is common on the face, especially the lower jaw area, but we can also see it in some cases on the chest. The skin condition is mainly associated with inflammation and changes in pigmentation and scarring. These inflammations of the skin – popularly called pimples – can leave scars and red or brown spots (residual acne). People who no longer suffer from active acne at the moment can also have less even skin later in life.

Cause of acne in adult women

As mentioned before, women are more likely to suffer from acne, but what causes this? That answer is not that simple and is still not fully elucidated. Acne is due to a combination of excessive sebum production, accumulation of dead skin cells in the sebaceous gland and the excessive presence of the acne bacteria. Genetic predisposition, the use of cosmetics, chronic stress, the use of medication, tobacco and the type of food you consume also play a role.

Hormones are a major culprit

Hormones also play a major role in acne later in life. Women are more likely to suffer from the chronic skin disease due to the difference in male and female hormones; androgens and estrogens. Androgenic hormones stimulate the growth of the sebaceous gland and sebum production. Estrogens, ie female hormones, have the opposite effect. That is, they inhibit the secretion of androgens and modulate genes involved in the growth of the sebaceous gland and inhibit their function. Thus, the activity of the sebaceous gland is dependent on the estrogen/androgen ratio.

Acne or Rosacea?

Acne and rosacea are both annoying skin diseases, where the difference is sometimes difficult to see. Rosacea is characterized by redness mainly on the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that can make you look like you’re blushing. But where blushing quickly disappears, rosacea unfortunately does not.

Rosacea often does not appear until after the age of 30 and, like acne, it mainly occurs in women. This skin condition can be triggered by heat, sunlight, spicy/spicy food or the incorrect use of skin care products.

Rosacea can resemble acne because in addition to the red discoloration, dilated blood vessels, lumps and inflammation can also develop. It is important to know the difference when you want to use the right skin care products. Not sure if you suffer from acne or rosacea? Then it is best to have a skin analysis done by a skin therapist, for example from the Van Rosmalen Kliniek.

What can you do about acne as an adult woman?

Acne is very annoying, at any age. It can be very painful and of course also affect your self-confidence. But how do you get rid of this annoying skin condition?


Cosmeceuticals are skincare products that are specially designed to strengthen the skin, improve the skin condition and repair any damage. Cosmeceuticals are different from regular cosmetics because cosmeceuticals also target the deeper layers of the skin. This allows specific skin problems such as acne to be combated. Normal cosmetics, on the other hand, treat only the top layer of the skin and mainly provide comfort.

The right cleaning

It is always important to properly cleanse the skin, whether you suffer from acne or not. Therefore, clean the skin in the morning and in the evening with a cleanser that suits your skin. When buying a cleanser, pay close attention to the type of skin for which the cleanser was developed, such as dry, combination or oily skin.


Did you know that the skin is exposed to all kinds of polluting factors from the outside all day long? Think of air pollution, radiation from the sun and even blue light from screens affect the condition of your skin. To protect the skin against this, restore the skin barrier and reduce inflammation, the use of antioxidants is recommended. These protect the skin against these external influences.

Don’t forget to moisturize!

Moisturizing the skin helps keep the skin barrier strong. Hydration also helps dry out inflammation. So you can fight acne with a good moisturizing cream. A nourishing night cream or serum can also help to reduce inflammation and provide extra care for acne-prone skin. The easy thing about these products is that you use it in the evening and the product can work all night.


Acne is caused, among other things, by an accumulation of dead skin cells in the sebaceous gland and excessive sebum production. By exfoliating the skin, you ensure that the dead skin cells, sebum and other dirt are superficially removed and the sebaceous glands are unblocked. This helps to prevent new inflammation and ensures that the skin starts to renew itself. For example, you can opt for products with glycolic acid or salicylic acid.

Professional peeling

You can have your skin professionally exfoliated with a peel. A peel is a form of exfoliation, in which the top layer of the skin is peeled, as it were. That is why this skin treatment is called a peeling. This is done with the help of alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids that stimulate the skin and accelerate the cell cycle. The result? Smooth and healthier looking skin!

Fighting Acne Scars With Microneedling

Acne can be very stubborn and once the active acne is gone, residual acne may remain. Residual acne is visible in the form of scars and red or brown spots on the skin. This makes the skin look restless. Microneedling is a skin treatment that can remedy the scars. Microneedling initiates the natural recovery of the skin. The production of collagen and elastin is also stimulated. This visibly improves the skin structure and the skin becomes beautifully smooth again. In addition, red and brown spots can also be treated with IPL and laser treatments.

Get advice from a specialist

Now that you know better what causes acne at a later age and what you can do about it, it’s a matter of doing it. Follow the steps and make sure you use the right skincare products for your skin condition. Possibly combined with treatments. Not sure what works best for you? Then go to a skin specialist for the best advice and a skin analysis.

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