Just when you thought that your acne days were long over, you break out in your 30s. What’s the deal?

Here is what you should know about acne in your 30s:

  • Unfortunately, acne isn’t something that only affects teenagers. Anyone can get it—including thirtysomething guys.
  • There are many reasons why men can get acne in their 30s, including genetics and lifestyle factors.
  • Salicylic Acid is effective at treating acne and can control additional breakouts.

Blame Your Parents

Okay, we’re just kidding. However, you should probably come to terms with the fact that getting acne in your 30s may come down to your genetic make-up.

While there is no specific acne gene, there are genetic factors that make you more likely to get acne as an adult. Research has shown that these genetic factors tend to run in families.

In other words, you’re more likely to have acne if you have parents who have/had acne. But don’t be too hard on them. They didn’t have control over their genetics either.

What you do have control over is how you treat your acne. With an effective men’s acne system, you can achieve the clear skin you’ve always wanted and keep your face blemish-free.

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Other Factors Contributing to Acne

Even if your acne is hereditary, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t other factors contributing to your oily skin and breakouts. For example, stress can also have an enormous impact on our skin.

When the body is stressed, it tells our sebaceous glands to secrete more oil. This oil can clog pores and make your acne worse.

Another big factor is your diet. If you’re eating foods that cause your blood sugar to spike, this can trigger your body to release more insulin. This increase in insulin can send your oil-producing cells into overdrive, causing you to break out.

Other factors include your hormones, sleep habits and the types of acne products you’re using.

Choose the Right Acne Treatment

Another cause of acne in your 30s? Using the wrong acne treatment—or using the right acne treatment incorrectly.

We’ve seen many guys wash their face religiously and dab acne cream full of harsh chemicals on their face in the hopes of making their acne go away. In fact, this is making things worse.

Washing your face too much will dry out the skin, causing your oil-producing glands to work harder. The excess oil can lead to further breakouts.

On a similar note, maybe you started an acne treatment and gave up on it after one week. If your face was covered in pimples to begin with, you simply aren’t giving your face enough time to respond to the treatment. Make sure to read the instructions of your acne product carefully and give it a few weeks to achieve the results you want.

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Stick to a Skin Care Routine

Gentlemen, you’re in your 30s—it’s time to commit to a skin care routine. No, we’re not talking about washing your face while you’re in the shower.

We mean doing the basics—using a daily men’s face wash, moisturizing in the morning and using eye cream at night. All three of these products will help keep your skin moisturized, clear and free from blemishes.

We know how tempting it is to fall asleep without washing your face. As inviting as your bed may be, it can wait a few minutes until you wash your face clean of oils and dirt.

Use Your Secret Weapon—Salicylic Acid

Salicylic Acid is one of the most well-known acne fighters in the skincare industry. This safe, over-the-counter ingredient works by scrubbing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin and reducing the appearance of pimples overnight.

Our acne system for men goes one step further by using Salix Alba Bark Extract, a natural exfoliant which contains a potent quantity of Salicylic Acid. Known for its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial properties, this ingredient is an effective way to slough away dead skin cells that clog pores.


Getting acne in your 30s isn’t fun, but it can be simple to manage. The first step is to establish a skin care routine and stick to it.

With our acne system, it doesn’t need to be complicated! Our skin care system is designed for everyday guys who want to keep their routine simple. Have questions or comments? Get in touch with us and we’ll answer all your skin care questions.