Adult Acne

What Causes Adult Acne?

Adult acne can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'very minor' to 'very serious'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose adult acne, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "adult acne" as a symptom.  Here are eight of many possibilities (more below):
  • EFA Need
  • Hirsutism
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Vitamin K Need
  • Need For Dietary Improvement
  • Zinc Need
  • Constipation
  • Stomach Acid Deficiency

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
having hard stools
high coffee consumption
caffeinated soft drink consumption
grilled meat consumption
very early puberty onset
oily hair
brittle fingernails
zinc test metallic/fuzzy/sweet
frequent postprandial somnolence
processed meat consumption
very deformed toenails
fast food consumption
... and more than 70 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of adult acne:
Cause Probability Status
EFA Need 96% Confirm
Zinc Need 24% Unlikely
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome 12% Unlikely
Stomach Acid Deficiency 3% Ruled out
Vitamin K Need 1% Ruled out
Need For Dietary Improvement 0% Ruled out
Constipation 0% Ruled out
Hirsutism 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Existing Skin Conditions section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about adult acne:
Have you had Adult Acne?
Possible responses:
→ Never had it / not applicable / don't know
→ Probably had it/minor episode(s) now resolved
→ Major episode(s) now resolved
→ Current minor problem
→ Current major problem
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either history of adult acne or adult acne, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Among women with resistant acne (acne not responding to conventional treatments), PCOS is very common.


Bowel toxins from poor digestion or a prolonged transit time may contribute to acne.

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