Why is acne so common even among adults?

Acne is the most common skin concern, affecting over 80% of us at some stage of our lives either during adolescents or into adulthood.

Acne is fundamentally controlled by hormones which is why we often see it develop during our teenage years or at the behest of a female’s menstrual cycle but there are other factors that influence it as well such as genetics, lifestyle factors such as diet and use of inappropriate skincare and makeup, which is so common that it has its own name “acne cosmetica.”

An acne cosmetica breakout on a 30 year old woman

This video explains how acne actually forms in under 2 minutes!

The do’s & dont’s of treating your acne:

Attack acne in a couple of ways:

  1. Don’t actually attack it. This means leaving it alone, no picking or squeezing. Ignoring this advice often delays resolution and increases the chance of scarring.
  2. Spot treatments are the equivalent of closing the gate after the horse has bolted. Once a lesion has appeared, it will then need to heal and there is no way to speed this up. Prevention is better than cure and in this case keeping your pores clear through the use of active ingredients such as salicylic acid (BHAs) are a better option.
  3. Let us do the hard work and always Script It, before you buy it. Effective products for acne prone skin need both the right active ingredients AND the right base. The list of comedogenic ingredients (acne causing ingredients) that needs to be avoided is long, and can often be hiding far down the ingredient list, where even in small amounts they can prove problematic.  So our Script Tip is save yourself some research and let us geek out for you.

The bacteria in acne releases porphyrines which is what is being measured here on the VISIA® Complexion Analysis System at the South Yarra Script Skincare store

How to help clear your acne.

What are the best skincare ingredients to look for in order to reduce your acne breakouts?

Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHAs)

Benzoyl Peroxide

Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHAs or Salicylic Acid)


Green Tea


Tea Tree

Vitamin A (Retinol)

Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide)


What are the best skin boosting treatments to reduce your acne breakouts?

Healite II LED

Hydrafacial Treatment


Qswitched YAG Laser Treatment – IRIS

Skin Peels

Spectra XT Gold Toning


About the author

Our founder, dermatologist Assoc Professor Greg Goodman is Chief of Surgery at the Skin and Cancer Foundation (now Skin Health Institute) and Adjunct Associate Professor with Monash University. He is a go-to dermatology industry-insider for Vogue, Elle and Cleo — amongst others, and consults on pores, skin pigmentation, ageing and acne. Greg has over 30 years of experience both academically and professionally. He harnessed this knowledge and experience to create Script and take the confusion out of choosing skincare products. To learn more about Greg click here.

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