5 Surprising Causes For Adult Acne and What You Can Do About It

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The Hampton Clinic


Frequent breakouts are a common condition for many adults and that may seem like a never-ending battle to take control of their skin.

If you're wondering what might be causing your breakouts, there are several different culprits such as cosmetics, hormone imbalances and lifestyle choices that may be to blame, as well as other surprising factors you’ve never considered.


Hairstyling products⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Oil from styling products can sit on the forehead, clogging your pores and trapping acne-causing bacteria. If you're noticing blackheads and whiteheads along the hairline and forehead, maybe it's time to review your hair products.


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Your normal lifestyle experiences a major shift when you travel. You eat different foods for the first time, drink less water, you don’t sleep and wake up at the same time - and the list goes on. Changes of environment such as more sun, heat, and humidity can trigger breakouts if your skin is not used to those.



Stress can worsen acne by leading to a release of inflammatory chemicals called neuropeptides and hormonal changes. Researchers have also found that wounds, including acne, are much slower in healing when a person is under stress. Slower healing of acne means that the spots stay longer and are more susceptible to increasing in severity.


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Throughout the day, you expose your cell phone to surfaces with bacteria on them and when you talk on the phone, you transfer this bacteria to your skin. To prevent breakouts, it’s important to clean and sanitise your phone daily.


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When you rest your chin on your palm while you’re sitting at your desk or try to remove a blackhead or squeeze a spot, you are touching your skin which can transfer bacteria from your hand onto your face.


ClearSkin Laser Acne Treatment

Acne can be a very challenging condition to treat because there are so many different factors involved - clogged pores, bacteria, excessive oil production, hormones, lifestyle, genetics and stress. It's important to understand that acne is a chronic condition and it can't be cured forever, but its symptoms can be managed.

ClearSkin is an excellent drug-free alternative to treat all forms of acne which also diminishes the appearance of acne scars, blackheads and helps to rebalance oily skin, boosting your skin health from within.

How does it work?

This treatment works by using a cooled laser paired with vacuum technology to destroy bacteria and reduce sebum production with thermal damage, while leaving the epidermis intact. ClearSkin is suitable for all skin types, has almost no side effects and achieves a smoother complexion with lasting results.

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