Acne in older women

Older female Lumie Clear user_07

Acne is not just a teenage condition; modern lifestyles mean older women increasingly suffer from acne and account for over 80% of cases of adult acne1.

Acne can frustratingly occur throughout a woman’s adult life: in early adulthood, in the late twenties and thirties, during pregnancy, and during menopause2.

Regardless of age, acne develops when the body produces excess oil (sebum), skin cells and bacteria accumulate and inflame pores. Due to its very nature, acne can be considered a hormonal disease and may possibly be triggered in adult life by a number of factors3, such as fluctuating hormones, certain medications, a family history of acne, stress and using particular cosmetic products that block your pores.

Ailsa4 from Edinburgh intermittently suffered from acne in her teens and twenties. She never thought she’d be suffering from it in her forties and, in hope of an effective treatment, she has been using Lumie Clear over a 12 week period. Here are a few of Ailsa’s posts from Lumie’s forum:

Week 1 – Looking for an alternative

I am delighted that something apparently free from side-effects is on the market and have my fingers crossed, though I’m not expecting miracle quick-fixes! I was also pleased to see it’s backed up by a dermatologist who was involved in the now-sadly-defunct Acne Support Group.

“I’ve tried almost everything from antibiotics to many lotions and potions over the counter. I’m currently a long-term user of Dianette, which I don’t want to be on for much longer because of potential side effects (and not really being totally convinced it’s working), and using Duac (getting fed up with bleaching bedclothes because of the benoxyl peroxide in it!).

“Acne has been a blight for most of my adult life and really affects my moods and confidence. Luckily it’s fairly mild to moderate. I suspect it’s genetic as my brother is also affected a bit.

“So I’ve been using Lumie for a week now. I was glad to see that your skin doesn’t go red, even immediately after treatment. I’ve found that it has been quite easy to use when watching television. I am certainly going to persevere with this and I do know you have to give things about three months before you know whether it’s really working or not, so let’s see how it goes….”

Week 3 – Skin is smoother

“Do feel that my skin seems to be feeling smoother. A couple of small spots which came up (one of which was threatening to be a longer lasting nasty one) seemed to heal up more quickly when I used Lumie in direct contact with my skin. So I’m settling into the routine, and will hopefully start to know whether the improvement is a temporary thing or a trend…..I’m feeling slightly optimistic! I’ve also caught myself almost nodding off when using it against my skin as it’s nice and warm!”

Week 8 – Skin is better!

“My skin is generally better, I’d say, and any small spots which do come up seem to heal up more quickly”.


Ailsa successfully completed her 12 week treatment plan and hopes to continue to use Lumie Clear to combat her acne.

To help keep you motivated and to share your experiences with others, you might like to look at the See the Difference Challenge to learn how other Lumie Clear users, of all age ranges, are noticing an improvement in their skin. Start your own Challenge by purchasing Lumie Clear here.


Additional information:

  1. NHS website (2014) Causes of acne, [Online], Available: [last reviewed 4/4/14]
  2. References: (1) Lucky A.W., “Quantitative documentation of a premenstrual flare of facial acne in adult women.” Archives of Dermatology, 2004, Apr; 140(4); 423-4. And (2) Bozzo P., Chua-Gocheco A. and Einarson A., “Safety of skin care products during pregnancy.” Canadian Family Physician. 2011; 57(6): 665-667
  3. (2014) Acne fact sheet [Online], Available: [last reviewed 16/7/12]
  4. Name has been changed for identity purposes.