You cleanse and moisturize and exfoliate and use toner. So why are you still plagued by adult acne? There are some causes of adult acne that you simply can't control - like genetics or hormonal fluctuations.

But surprisingly, adult acne can often be triggered by things you can control, like certain day-to-day habits and some of the items and products that you use every day.

Adult acne trigger: Over-cleansing
When it comes to skincare, there is such thing as "too much of a good thing." Cleansing your skin is a vital part of preventing acne breakouts, but brisk, over-zealous washing and scrubbing can irritate your skin and worsen acne. Better to wash gently twice a day with a mild soap or cleanser.

Adult acne trigger: Hair and skin products
Unfortunately, some products used to perfect and beautify your skin and appearance can actually cause acne breakouts. Watch out for products that are oil-based, like some sunscreens or hair pomades. Check labels for the terms "non-comedogenic" or "non-acnegenic" - these products are less likely to cause acne.

Adult acne trigger: Pillowcases
Do you ever stop to think about what's left behind on your pillowcase after a night's rest? You may not know it, but each night you're likely leaving behind remnants of dirt, oil, sweat, as well as traces of cosmetics and hair products. Be sure to wash your bed linens weekly - or more frequently if your hair and/or skin are oily, or if you experience frequent night sweats.

Adult acne trigger: Contact
Sometimes, adult acne can be triggered by the physical contact of items against your skin. And the contact could come from anywhere, like when you wear a bike helmet, a chin strap, or tight shirt collars - or even when you touch your own face frequently. Try a hands-off policy and keep potentially irritating items away from your skin.