Why Do Adults Get Pimples On The Face?

Cynthia Bailey, MD|December 29, 2016

Has your complexion been clear since you were a teenager, but now you have pimples again?

You may have rosacea. Rosacea looks like acne but it is very different. The pimples of rosacea happen on the ‘apples’ of the face – the cheeks, chin, forehead and nose. The skin also looks different. Look closely at your face. Are there blackheads present as hard plugs in the pores? If not, then it is unlikely that your pimples are a return of teenage acne because that type of acne (acne vulgaris) manifests as both pimples and blackheads. 

Rosacea, on the other hand, is an inflammation of the pores resulting in redness and pustules. You may have clogged pores, but the matter in these pores is soft and oily. The skin may also be red and sensitive in general, but it might not be. People with rosacea often find that their facial skin flushes easily from things like eating spicy foods, getting overheated, exertion or drinking alcohol/hot beverages.

We've just passed through the holiday season and it is now winter in the Northern Hemisphere. This is the time of year when rosacea is most likely to be a problem. If you are an adult and have started to notice complexion problems that look a little like acne, I recommend that you learn more about rosacea. This is because there are different types of rosacea and they need different skin care. Also, some types of rosacea get worse if you use common acne treatment medicines. In addition, rosacea and flaking and dryness called seborrhea also often coexist. If you have both, then you'll get the best control when you use products that treat both conditions. The good news about rosacea is that it is often very controllable with some simple changes in your skin care. 

I’ve created a free EBook on rosacea to help you really understand all that dermatologists know about the condition. I've treated rosacea patients for over 30 years and scientific knowledge has progressed nicely in that time. You don’t always need expensive medicines to control this very common skin problem and cause of adult acne. I give you practical information on skin care that helps instead of worsens your condition. I also help you understand what triggers flare ups of rosacea so you can be prepared, or even avoid them. 

In the United States alone, over 14 million people have rosacea. Rosacea is so common that if you are an adult who has started getting pimples, I recommend that you learn more about it. 

Find out more about rosacea by downloading my free EBook.

If you want to get started immediately on skin care that helps rosacea, try my popular Redness Relief Kit. It has got the best and most important ingredients to help control rosacea quickly. It also has ingredients to help fight facial seborrheic dermatitis. Since I developed this simple kit, I receive the nicest comments from patients and customers. 

I’ve tried just about every product, Rx and OTC, on the market and seen numerous dermatologists (spending hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in the process) to get some relief for my ultra-sensitive, rosacea-plagued face, and nothing has really helped…until now. Dr. Bailey’s zinc soap and Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy followed by the Glycolix Elite SPF 30, have made a HUGE difference–and in only about a month. My itching and flaking are gone, the redness is almost gone, and I break out much less frequently. It’s like a miracle. I feel so fortunate to have come across her website and wonderful products, and I recommend them highly!

-Barbara, 7/16/14

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Can you have acne without any redness or rash at all and be diagnosed correctly with acne rosacea???
My acne does not look like teen pimples, but bumps that hurt very much.  Inside of the bumps is just a clear liquid, not any puss or color whatsoever.  Your help would be much appreciated.  Thanks
Linda Grollman

By Linda Grollman on 2017 01 01

Hello Linda,
Yes it is possible. There are different types of rosacea as you will see in my free ebook. The pustular type often has no rash and often the bumps are inflammatory without pus - in spite of the name. There is also an agmanate and granulomatous type of rosacea, perioral dermatitis type of rosacea like rash and other subsets of rosacea that dermatologists split out from the main types. Treatment of the different types of rosacea varies. These subtypes can be very dramatic and even scar. I always recommend seeing a local derm for an in person exam and a an accurate diagnosis.

By Cynthia Bailey, MD on 2017 01 03

what about sunscreens causing breakouts. it does with me and I am 40 years old male.
I heard some say avobenzone and oxybenzone are issues causing follicular irritation . ive also hear some say, zinc oxide and titanium oxide even when micronized sit on surface and block pores. ugh lol I have patients who struggle with the inactive ingredients and some of the chemical actives. The mineral actives are typically well tolerated. Good face washing and a Clarisonic are good after using sunscreen. CBMD

By mark on 2017 01 03

Information about the acne problems that are beneficial to the reader, and I think this article will be the preferred by the search of information about the problem of acne! Thank you for the information!

By Rio Saswono on 2017 01 04

Hi what type and how does zinc prythoine help you Rosacea and acne? We don’t entirely know how it works but probably by playing a role against pityrosporum yeast. I use Calming Zinc Soap, it is on my web site. CBMD

By Pat on 2017 01 08

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