Adult Acne - Why You're Still Breaking Out & Treatment Options



When you were a teenager do you recall complaining about your hormone-fueled teenage acne and people telling you that once you grow out of puberty – your acne will disappear?

But then it didn’t.

And every year you celebrate a birthday -- in your adult years – you think to yourself (breakouts and all), “Can puberty last into your 30’s?”


We know acne is a broad topic and depending who you ask for the “cure or solution” -- you’re bound to hear a variety of answers.


We definitely don’t want to add to the confusion of why you’re still breaking out now that you’re an adult.

So, we decided to give you a comprehensive view of potential reasons why you’re still breaking out and treatment options.


Let’s get started!



Why Am I Still Breaking Out?



Did someone say hormones? Yes, you’re probably nodding your head thinking, “Yep, that’s the adult acne culprit right there”.

Hormones don’t just stop surging after puberty; they have a way of working their way back into your life – especially if you’re a woman that has a menstrual cycle.

When you are near your menstrual cycle, your levels of estrogen can dip and your testosterone levels become unchecked. Testosterone (an androgen) can increase oil production which in turn leaves you more susceptible to clogged pores and pimples.

Women are more affected by acne than men and part of that reason can be due to hormone fluctuations from birth control. When women get on birth control at a young age and then get off of it a decade or later – your hormones need time to balance out.



Cortisol – a stress hormone – increases when you experience stress. And in a world that is full of hustle and bustle; stress can be found around every corner.

When this stress hormone spikes, it can increase oil production and in turn, cause acne.

If you’re looking for a mysterious culprit to adult acne – dig deeper because stress might be playing a major part in your breakouts.


•  LIFESTYLE (Diet, Environment, Weather)

Dietary changes like reducing or cutting out dairy and refined sugar, as well as choosing grass-fed, hormone free animal proteins can lessen breakouts.

And in some cases, women who move from a rural area to the city can see an acne breakout due to pollution. If you live in the city and spent the day outside – be sure to wash your face once coming inside.

Weather can also add to breakouts. If you live in a dry climate, or travel between extreme climates this can add to lack of moisture retention and oil production. Be sure to maintain a consistent skin regimen and be aware of the upcoming seasons, so you can prepare your skin.  


While there may be other factors to adult acne, this is a good place to start when dissecting what may be the culprit in your breakouts.



Adult Acne Treatment Options


With adults, cell turnover is slower due to age and in turn, the healing of adult skin can take longer than your teenage years.

Pigmentation, sensitivity, and dehydration can complicate acne, as well as redness lasting longer as an adult.

These reasons are why it’s crucial to not only understand how and why you are experiencing breakouts but how to treat them as well.


Here are some treatment options we recommend –



Not only can you get a customized skin care regimen when you work with a licensed aesthetician and/or doctor, but you’ll also have access to more medical grade products (depending on the skin care expert you work with).

And if you're experiencing hormonal imbalances, working with a doctor can help you decipher which course of action for your skin care is best for you. 



If you think your breakouts are due to hormones, supplements like zinc and high-quality omega-3 fish oil may be beneficial. Probiotics have also been known to create a healthy gut biome, which can also support healthy skin.



This light therapy is designed especially for acne and with no side effects or downtime, is a perfect treatment for breakouts.



Medical-grade products like ZO Skin Health can target areas of inflammation – not only for treatment but for prevention as well.

Be sure to work with a physician/medical spa that specializes in ZO Products.


We’re sure you can find tons of adult acne treatment options on the Internet today. However, we do recommend working with a skin care professional that is not just knowledgeable about acne, but also the factors that could play into your breakouts.



Next Steps


If you’re looking for a skin care professional in the Pueblo, Colorado area – Dr. Elijah and Charmayne Torres-Trujillo at Renew would love to support you in your journey with acne.


Interested in a skin care consultation?

Needing more information on treatments available for adult acne?


Request an appointment (below) or call RENEW today to get started 719.423.0083


Teenage Acne (Tips for Prevention & Treatment)



Can you ever get a straight answer about what causes teenage acne?


Your grandma says it’s caused by this, your mom says it’s caused by that and your new best friend just read an article that says the cause has nothing to do with what grandma and mom have to say about teenage acne.  


Well, we’d love to give you straight answers about the struggle of teenage acne, as well as some tips for prevention and treatment. Sound good?


Now, just because your family and friends have differing thoughts on teenage acne doesn’t mean we do.


Here’s what we know and would love to share with you…



What Causes Acne in Teens?


Acne, especially teenage acne, isn’t always caused by those fast food runs loaded with French fries or eating all that chocolate while you binge-watch Netflix.

Contrary to a lot of rumors out there, acne isn’t always connected to what you eat (that doesn’t give you a permission slip to go crazy on all the fried food though – some doctors still say the gut is highly connected to what shows up on your face).


Teenage acne is usually caused by factors like excess oil and dead skin cells, genetics and most commonly – a surge of hormones at that particular age.


This is due to an overproduction of sebum because of the surge in hormones that can send glands and organs into overdrive.

When the age of puberty hits and sex hormones are being secreted and are all over the place you may start to see acne pop up on your back and chest, along with enlarged pores.


A particular hormone – Cortisol – also increases during times of stress and adolescence; this can cause more sex hormones to sky rocket, which leads to increased inflammation and oil production.


And if you’re thinking about which gender this affects in particular – teen males tend to experience teenage acne for a longer period, while teen females usually experience short-term breakouts that correlate to their menstrual cycle.



Teenage Acne Prevention


Some of the best ways to treat acne is to look at prevention. Here’s a couple tips to help you with teenage acne prevention.


  • Cleanse After Sweating

Heat and friction are not your best friends when it comes to acne. If you work up a sweat during a workout or find yourself in the heat -- shower and cleanse after you’re done working up a good sweat. This can help keep the pores clean and unclogged.  


  • Don’t Wash Too Much

If you think washing your face and body more than twice a day is going to help your acne breakouts – think again. Excess washing can dry your skin out and not only cause irritation but create more oil and dead skin.

Stick to washing your face and body no more than twice a day. Be sure to stay away from harsh astringents and using alcohol that can dry and strip your face.


  • No Picking

We know the urge to pop that pimple staring at you in the mirror is of high importance, but for the love of your skin and your future skin – DON’T!

Picking and popping can damage the skin (scarring) and not to mention all the dirt you place on your skin from your fingers and hands while you poke and pop (gross is right!)


  • Maintain a Skin Care Regimen

Having a daily routine for your skin care is crucial to prevention and treatment of teenage acne.

Visit a skin care professional who can analyze your individual needs and create a custom program just for you.

Keep in mind that starting a specialized skin care regimen for teenage acne takes time, so be patient, it may take up to 8 weeks or more before results can be seen.




Teenage Acne Treatment  


Now that you know those greasy foods and chocolate aren’t ALL to blame for teenage acne (hormones, we’re looking at you) and you have some awesome prevention tips – here’s even more treatment options to consider as well.


In collaboration with your skin care professional, these treatments can be effective in treating acne:


  • Celluma this light therapy is designed especially for acne and with no side effects or downtime, this is a perfect treatment for teenagers.


  • Acne Lift– this blend of AHA’s and BHA’s, combined with protective agents, aim to effectively treat all levels of acne.


  • 3-Step Peel– this in-office peel followed by an at-home treatment – that produces long lasting results versus ordinary peels – is suitable for all skin types.



We know teenage acne can be a time in life that is uncomfortable but remember there is help and often times, this phase in life is usually temporary.


Reach out to a skin care professional that can support you in your teenage acne journey or follow some of our prevention and treatment tips to see you through this time.



Next Steps

Interested in a skin care consultation?

Needing more information on treatments available for teenage acne?


Request an appointment (below) or call RENEW today to get started 719.423.0083.