So you made it all the way through high school without a single blemish. And now that you’ve entered adulthood, your skin has finally decided to wage war against you – or at least that’s what it feels like when you have to deal with adult acne.  A lot changes after your teenage years, and there could be a variety of factors that are contributing to these breakouts.

If you’re suffering from adult acne and losing the battle against those blemishes, here are some common causes that could be at the root of your skin problems.



Stress is a common culprit for just about everything as we embrace adulthood. From deadlines at work, to the commute home, to dealing with rambunctious children, sometimes our bodies are just on constant overdrive.  

When stress kicks in, more androgens are produced in the body, which is a type of hormone that stimulates oil glands and hair follicles on the skin. This can cause breakouts to occur. So if you can try to keep stress at bay, it could help your skin stay clear. Meditate, get a full night’s rest, do yoga, go running…do whatever you can to keep stress at bay.


Hormone Imbalance

Unfortunately, adult acne is more common in women than men. This is usually due to the fact that hormones can become imbalanced throughout various stages, such as menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause. So a hormonal imbalance could very well be the root of the problem for many women.



Sometimes, genetics can also be the underlying culprit. Unfortunately, if you have a family history of adult breakouts, then that could be a very likely cause behind your skin blemishes. If a close relative or family member suffered from it, the chances are much higher that you might, also.



Certain reactions to skin and hair products could also irritate your skin, causing excessive lubrication on the skin, which could lead to acne.  When selecting hair or skin products, always ensure that they each have the following descriptions: non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic.

The products should also be oil-free. So pay particular attention to any products you put on your skin. Ask your skin care professional for a recommendation on the products that are best for your skin. Not just lotions and creams, but makeup, sunscreen, and hair products.  


Side Effect of Medication

Whether it’s medication or a medical condition, sometimes there could be a deeper, underlying reason for your skin problems. Certain medications can trigger acne as a side effect. Talk to your doctor and dermatologist to determine what might be causing it.



Dealing with adult acne is more common than you may think. But you don’t have to suffer with it or accept that it’s just a factor of life you must live with.

Here at The Ottawa Skin Clinic, we’ve developed multiple treatments specifically targeted for reducing adult acne. For example, our Advanced Fluorescence Technology (AFT) is our breakthrough treatment that uses pulsed light-based technology to clear inflammatory acne lesions and eliminate acne-causing bacteria.

We have a dedicated team that works to improve the lives of people who feel inhibited by their appearance. So if adult acne is holding you back, contact The Ottawa Skin Clinic to set up a consultation to eliminate your acne and get back to having clear, beautiful skin.