The primary catalyst of adult breakouts is chronic stress. Balancing personal and professional responsibilities makes this generation of adults the most time-compressed generation in history, which contributes to chronic stress: the constant, continued and heightened level of stress that throws our adrenal glands into overdrive, which in turn can boost sebum production, setting the stage for breakouts to appear.
Adult breakouts can also be aggravated by internal and external factors. Internally, the psychological effects of adult breakouts can contribute to continued flare-ups. When adults are frustrated by the signs of breakouts on their skin, it causes additional emotional stress, which contributes to a continued over-activity of the sebaceous glands and leads to the continued cycle of breakouts. Externally, the need to “pick” or “squeeze” breakouts places even more bacteria on skin.