pimples 101


A problem beyond your teens: What is adult acne?

Dealing with pimples in your teens was bad enough - but pimples way after you’ve said goodbye to your school days? This is the adult acne that troubles many of us today.

Causes of adult acne

In your teens, pimples tend to affect oilier skin like on the forehead and T-zone. However, adult acne occurs on the cheeks, mouth and even chin, in the drier U-zone. It can be caused by various other factors, including:

  • dehydrated skin
  • sleep deprivation
  • stress

When pores are blocked by dead skin cells, sebum and dirt, it can lead to pimple-causing bacteria multiplying and resulting in inflammation.

How do I prevent adult acne?

  • When pimples appear, take extra care in cleansing and moisturizing your skin.
  • Try to limit chocolate, sugary items and fried, fatty foods as these can encourage pimples.
  • Constipation can be another cause of pimples, so remember to include more fiber in your diet.

If inflamed pimples are left alone, after it heals the area may still be stained by melanin pigments. Immediate treatment can prevent this, but prevention is much better than a cure!


  • Adult acne forms easily around the U-Zone, surrounding the chin and cheeks.
  • Causes can include dry skin, sleep deprivation, stress, dehydration and more.
  • It is an SOS sign from the body! Limit your intake of oily and sugary items.


What's the difference between adult acne and teen acne?

Are you treating your pimples now the same way you did in your teens? Pimples are caused by blocked pores, which can lead to sebum plugs or inflammation. But what first causes these blockages is different for teens and adults.

Teen acne causes: It’s oil about the sebum

Teenage pimples are mostly caused by oversecretion of sebum.

As hormone levels increase, more sebum is produced which clogs pores, helps dirt to build up, and creates an environment for pimple-causing bacteria to thrive. With this in mind, a proper cleansing routine is a major help in preventing teen breakouts.

Adult acne causes: Everything goes

For adults, pimples are caused by lifestyle habits and do not have a single source, making it difficult to deal with. They’ve been linked to

  • unbalanced diet
  • sleep deprivation
  • stress
  • dehydration
  • constipation
  • slow skin regeneration

Look into your current lifestyle and habits, and change them for the better so your skin reverts back to its original state.

Hormone havoc

For ladies, take note as hormonal imbalance can also cause pimples. After ovulation and before your period, your body produces more of the luteal hormone progesterone. This stimulates sebum secretion, causing pores to clog easily and become pimples.

Right before your period, avoid consuming oily foods and increase your vitamin intake. Tracking your own menstrual cycle can be key in keeping your skin clear!


  • Teen pimples and adult pimples are caused by different things, requiring different approaches to treat them.
  • To treat adult pimples, start from changing your lifestyle habits.
  • It is helpful to track your menstrual cycle to aid in pimple prevention.

pimple MARKS

No more PIMPLE marks

Even with daily care, anyone can end up with pimples. But if left untreated, they can leave behind scars or dark spots.

What causes pimple marks?

When skin is inflamed due to pimples, it activates melanocytes which produce the pigment melanin. Healthy skin will flush out excess melanin as it regenerates. But if regeneration is slow, excess melanin can stain the skin, turning into pimple marks and later dark spots.

How do I prevent pimple marks and scars?

  • Treat pimples immediately as they form. Adult pimples caused by lifestyle habits takes a longer time to heal compared to teen pimples. The longer a pimple stays, the higher the possibility it will leave a scar.
  • Start preventing pimples by deep cleansing your face to unclog pores, prevent the buildup of pimple-causing bacteria, and calm inflammation. We recommend a mildly acidic facial cleanser, as skin with adult acne may have a weaker protective barrier.
  • After cleansing, ensure that skin is thoroughly moisturized to hydrate the skin’s top layers, recover its protective barrier, and stimulate skin renewal.
  • Vitamin C also helps to suppress production of melanin, which causes dark spots. It’s best to include Vitamin C not just in your diet, but also your daily skincare and targeted care.


  • If pimples are left untreated they may scar or form dark spots.
  • Adult pimples scar easily, so take care to properly cleanse and moisturize skin.
  • Vitamin C suppresses melanin production, which helps prevent dark spots.


Special Column: The truth of "Love Pimples"

Have you heard of the belief that pimples can predict your love life? Some say that pimples on the forehead mean a one-sided crush, while one on the chin means someone is thinking about you. There’s actually another name for this condition: adult acne.

Love pimples = adult acne

Compared to teen acne, which occurs around the T-zone of your forehead and nose, adult acne pops up after age 20 and occurs around your U-zone: the mouth, chin, cheeks and neck. It also tends to heal more slowly.

What causes adult acne?

Unlike teen acne, adult acne is caused by various factors, including irregular lifestyle habits, stress, lack of sleep, hormonal imbalance and decreases in skin rejuvenation. If juggling your work and relationships has you going to bed late, neglecting your diet, or sleeping with your makeup on...we’ve all been there, but it needs to stop! Get plenty of sleep, eat a balanced diet, and practice a stress-free lifestyle.

Have no pimples, leave no marks

Even dehydrated skin can lead to pimples in adults! When the topmost layer of your skin dries out, your skin’s natural turnover rate decreases. This causes blocked pores that can lead to pimples. These pimples also scar easily. When skin is inflamed due to pimples, it activates melanocytes which produce melanin. Slow skin turnover rate can cause the pigment to sink in and form pimple marks.

Can I prevent pimple marks?

Vitamin C works fast to maintain skin health and suppress melanin production. You can get plenty as part of a balanced diet, as well as through your skincare. Actively add vitamin C to your routine to prevent pimple marks and dark spots. We recommend a toner that contains Vitamin C for your daily routine, with an added beauty essence as spot care for areas that you are concerned about.

Smooth skin for a smooth romance!

For soft, clear skin without any pimples or pimple marks, don’t rely on fortune-telling pimples; take charge yourself. Your pimple-free bare skin is your best ally in finding a new partner!