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Battling Adult Acne: Understanding Causes and Effective Treatments

Battling Adult Acne: Understanding Causes and Effective Treatments

Acne & Hyperpigmentation

8 weeks into treatment


Adult acne is a common skin concern that affects individuals well beyond their teenage years. Characterised by persistent breakouts, blemishes, and inflammation, adult acne can be frustrating and challenging to manage. However, effective treatments do exist!

Causes of Adult Acne

Why some people are more prone to breakouts and others are not is not very well understood. Hormonal fluctuations, stress, genetics, and lifestyle factors such as diet and skincare routines may all contribute to the development of acne in adults. Hormonal imbalances, in particular, play a significant role, leading to increased oil production and clogged pores, which in turn can trigger acne flare-ups.

Acne chin and jawline

8 weeks into treatment

Effective Treatments

Prescription skincare options can offer powerful solutions for those struggling with persistent acne. Here are some of the types of ingredients that dermatologists use:

  • Prescription Retinoids: Retinoids, derived from vitamin A, are highly effective in treating acne by unclogging pores and promoting cell turnover. They help to prevent new breakouts whilst also diminishing the appearance of existing blemishes and acne scars. Regular use of prescription retinoids can lead to significant improvements in skin texture and clarity over time.
  • Topical and Oral Antibiotics: Topical and oral antibiotics are commonly prescribed to target acne-causing bacteria and reduce inflammation. By controlling bacterial growth and calming skin irritation, antibiotics can help alleviate acne symptoms and prevent future breakouts. However, it’s essential to use them as directed by a healthcare professional to avoid antibiotic resistance.
  • Topical and Oral Spironolactone: Spironolactone, originally developed as a diuretic, has emerged as a valuable treatment for hormonal acne in adults, particularly in women. It works by blocking androgen receptors, reducing oil production, and regulating hormone levels. Both topical and oral formulations of spironolactone have shown promising results in managing adult acne, often when other treatments have failed.


In conclusion, adult acne can be a persistent and frustrating condition, but effective treatments are available and our team at Uncouth can develop a customised treatment plan following an online consultation. Remember, consistency and patience are key!

Hormonal acne

12 weeks into treatment


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All about Tretinoin

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All about Azelaic Acid

What is it? Azelaic acid is a skincare ingredient that is is used to treat acne and rosacea and to brighten the skin. It is actually a naturally occurring by-product of a yeast that lives on the skin (Malassezia furfur)! What does it do? Azelaic acid has several beneficial effects: What does azelaic acid treat?…

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All about hydroquinone

Progress photos with UNCOUTH prescription formulations Introduction: Hyperpigmentation is a common skin complaint. Causes of hyperpigmentation on the face include melasma, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) from acne marks and photoaging. Hydroquinone is a prescription only ingredient that is still considered by many dermatologists as the gold standard for the treatment of hyperpigmentation. How does it work?…

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