There are many wonderful things that come along with being an adult: a stable career, buying your first home, starting a family, the list goes on. One downfall many adults suffer is adult acne. As if our teenage years weren’t difficult enough, adult acne is an everyday reminder of those confusing years. If you’re an adult who struggles with acne-prone skin, chances are good that you are looking for a cause, and most of all, a solution to finally live a life with clear skin.

Fortunately, there are dermatology clinics like Kallgren Dermatology in Boulder who know how to treat your adult acne. Our Top Rated Local®  Boulder dermatology clinic are experts in skin health and will work with you to find a solution to treating your acne and finally break free from your harrowing teenage years. Contact Kallgren Dermatology today to schedule your appointment!

If there is any comfort in dealing with acne as an adult, it’s that you are not alone. Many adults, especially women, fight acne. Why? There are many factors that contribute to the cause of acne. Continue reading to learn more.


Hormones are by far the most common reason for adult acne. As an adolescent, puberty was in full swing and your hormones were at abnormal levels which is what caused sudden breakouts. As an adult, hormones are less intense, yet they fluctuate often enough to still give your skin problems. Generally, breakouts occur because they are reacting to wavering hormone levels, especially testosterone. The skin will get more oily, clogging pores and ultimately resulting in pimples.

The reason why women are more prone to adult acne is directly related to their menstrual cycles. In addition, women who are pregnant, menopausal, and taking birth control pills all have fluctuating hormones and likely struggle with acne.


Stress does a lot to our bodies and acne is no exception. Unfortunately, the older we get, the more stress we are under. Balancing work, family, friends, finances, our health, and about a hundred other things is not easy and that’s why we are under a lot of stress. Unfortunately, stress triggers an increase in hormones, amps up your adrenal glands, and also stimulates oil production. The excess oil leads to clogged pores, and you guessed it, more breakouts.

Skin Products

As breakouts occur, it’s common for people to run to the store and find skin care products to “treat” the acne. When one product doesn’t work, you try another one. And when that product doesn’t work, you experiment with another brand — and the cycle continues. Your intentions are good, but the products you’re purchasing may not be. Be sure you buy non-comedogenic products that won’t clog your pores and the best products for your specific skin type. If you’re not sure which products are best for your skin type, consult with a dermatologist and we can help!


In case you haven’t heard it enough, maintaining a balanced diet is extremely vital to your health and your skin. Many people who consume dairy products have shown to have an increased risk of acne. Additionally, people will notice their skin breaks out when they consume greasy, sugary foods and beverages. Trial and error testing may be your best solution to determine whether or not your skin is reacting to the foods you eat.

Is It Really Acne?

Have you tried treating acne with little to no relief? If so, you could be dealing with a different type of skin condition. Rosacea and folliculitis are often confused with acne, some professionals may even be fooled.


Rosacea is commonly confused with acne due to its redness and inflamed papules. Rosacea typically pops up on the forehead, nose, cheeks, chin, and chest. Sound familiar? Acne is prone to show up in similar areas which misleads many primary care physicians and ultimately prolong the symptoms.


A hair follicle infection, known as folliculitis is known to look a lot like acne. Those small red bumps that seem like they appear out of nowhere is a type of folliculitis that occurs after sweating or wearing tight clothing. Bacteria enters and clogs the pores, irritating the skin and results in small red bumps.

Treating Adult Acne

Just because you suffer from acne breakouts as an adult doesn’t mean you have to live with it. Follow a skincare regimen, practice good hygiene, use the appropriate skin care products, and consult with a dermatologist to see the best results. Our Boulder dermatology clinic offers a wide range of acne services to treat your acne and finally live with clearer skin. Rest assured that you no longer need to live with troublesome breakouts anymore. And in the event that it’s not acne, our dermatologists can identify what skin condition you are suffering from and find the best treatment plan suited to your skin care needs.

Contact Kallgren Dermatology today and schedule your consultation!