Why Do I Still Get Acne and How Can I Get Rid of It?

Teenagers go with acne like white on rice. But even though you’re not a teen anymore, you’re still breaking out! Worse, you’re not just battling “teenaged” skin, you’re also dealing with adult skin problems like age spots, dry skin, wrinkles, and sagging.  

You might not feel any better to know this, but you’re not alone: Acne affects about half of women and men in their 20s and up to 15% of those in their 50s. Even if you sailed through your teens with clear and glowing skin, you could find yourself with zits, pimples, and cysts as an adult. That’s a condition called adult-onset acne and it’s not pretty, either.

It’s not the french fries

Whether you’ve been breaking out continually since eighth grade or you just got your first zit yesterday, you didn’t get acne by eating greasy food. However, a diet high in sugar, dairy, or simple carbs may cause inflammation that leads to acne. The professionals here at Anti-Fragility Health in Anaheim, California, encourage you to eat a healthy, veggie-rich diet, and look for other culprits that may be behind your breakouts, such as:

Hormonal fluctuations

You might notice that your acne gets worse right before your period. Or you break out whenever you’re pregnant. Perimenopause, menopause, and starting or stopping birth control pills can all stimulate hormones that trigger your body to produce the pore-clogging oil known as sebum.


You used to break out before a big date. Now it happens before a presentation or important client meeting. When your body is under stress, it releases the hormone androgen, beginning a cascade that leads to increased sebum production, clogged pores and follicles, and lesions like blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples.

Grooming products

Cleansers, moisturizers, hair care products, and sunscreens can contain oils and chemicals that block your pores. Look for oil-free products that are labeled “non-comedogenic” or “non-acnegenic.”


Corticosteroids, lithium, or anti-seizure drugs can cause breakouts, too. Talk to us if you think your medications might be affecting your skin.

Your parents

Yup. This time it really could be Mom or Dad’s fault. Acne runs in families, so if your close relatives have it, you’ll probably get it, too.

Get a grown-up treatment

You don’t want to goop up your face like you did as a teen, smearing on “skin”-colored ointments. They don’t work for you anymore, and they parch your already-dry skin.

You also don’t want to scrub the life out of your skin with abrasive cleansers. Not only are harsh cleansers damaging to your skin, they do nothing to stop acne.

At Anti-Fragility Health, the doctors and nurses live up to the clinic’s name by helping your skin get strong enough to resist acne. They eliminate lesions with two highly effective cutting-edge treatments: LightStim® and radiofrequency (RF) microneedling.

Light therapy kills acne-causing bacteria

When your pores get clogged with sebum, they basically lay out a feast for a bacterium called Propionibacterium acnes. Yes, those are the nasty bugs that proliferate and cause the inflammation that results in your skin erupting into an acne lesion.

LightStim is an FDA-approved treatment that emits blue light to destroy P acnes, and red light to increase blood circulation so your body can whisk away the dead bacteria and other pore-clogging debris. A series of soothing, side-effect-free, 30-minute treatments not only clears a breakout, but also prevents new acne lesions from forming.

You can use LightStim whether you’re 13 or 113. LightStim is effective for all types of acne, from mild to severe. After a series of LightStim treatments, your skin looks clearer, brighter, and healthier.

RF microneedling builds new skin

You may have heard about microneedling as a therapy that firms skin and eliminate wrinkles and scars. But microneedling’s collagen-building powers also make your skin healthy enough to clear and prevent acne lesions.

The tiny needles penetrate your skin, where they deliver bursts of heating RF energy that tighten your collagen layer. The microwounds that the needles and heat create also prompt your body to initiate a wound-healing response, which includes remodeling your skin with fresh collagen and elastin.

The result is healthier, firmer, and tighter skin with fewer to no lesions or scars. That wrinkle-and-pimple combo you saw in the mirror last week? Knocked out for good.

Contact the professionals at Anti-Fragility Health for LightStim and RF microneedling to make your skin acne-resistant, wrinkle-free, and the healthiest skin it can be.

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