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Why do I have acne in my 30's or beyond?

Updated: Sep 21, 2022

Acne in your 30's, 40's or 50's? This shouldn't be an issue anymore. I shouldn't have to deal with this! If you are struggling with acne at a later age, let me tell you, you are not alone.

This can be a huge hit to your self esteem and mental health as well as be embarrassing. So, let's get to the root cause of your acne so you can live confidentally and joyfully!


Maybe you have dealt with acne your whole life and even though it is bothersome to you, you have come to accept this as part of your life or maybe this is something that has gotten worse for you recently....

There's acne vulgaris, which is primarily in the "T-zone" area of the face (forehead, nose, and around the mouth and chin) and there's cystic acne which is red, hard and painful. Cystic acne lies in the deeper layers of your skin and typically shows up around the jaw, back, neck and shoulders.


For many women acne is caused by an imbalance in hormones. Were you ever put on birth control to alleviate your acne just to have it return once you were taken off the pill to become pregnant or because of side effects? That because the root cause was never addressed. Birth control was a band aid for your symptom. Birth control will suppress your androgen and estrogen production which helps to control acne. But why are these hormones imbalanced in the first place? Poor diet, stress, environmental toxins, and even poor gut health are some main contributors that I see with my patients.


Your gut health and acne are incredibly interconnected. When your gut isn’t happy, many times your skin is the thing that tells you. Signs of poor gut health show up as acne, redness, rashes, itchiness, rosecea, or even cysts- ouch!

Often dysbiosis, or an imbalance of bacteria, pathogenic bacteria or fungal overgrowth are the culprits.