Think there's no such thing as adult acne? Think again.

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There's no forever cure for adult acne, but the right products and skincare routine can help you manage and prevent breakouts.

Facts About Adult Acne

  • MORE THAN 50% of women aged 20 years
    and older have acne
  • ACNE AFFECTS 64% of people in
    their 20s...
  • ...and 43% of people in
    their 30s
  •   75% of adults with acne
    have struggled with it for
    more than 6 years
  •   42% have been struggling for
    10 years or more

In people age 20 and over, acne is more
common in women than men

  • AGE 20-2951% of women and 43% of men ages 20-29 have acne
  • AGE 30-3935% of women and 20% of men ages 30-39 have acne
  • AGE 40-4926% of women and 12% of men ages 40-49 have acne
  • AGE 50-5915% of women and 7% of men ages 50-59 have acne

Adult Acne vs. Teen Acne

  • More adults than teens have acne
  • Adult acne in adults is usually less severe than in teens
  • Adults can get acne even if they never had it as a teen
Acne sufferers
over 20
Acne sufferers
under 20

Why adults get acne.

There could be any number of factors that cause
adult acne. Here are some more common triggers.

A man looking in the mirror
Fluctuating hormone levels
- Women often experience an imbalance of hormones around their periods, during pregnancy, perimenopause, menopause, and after starting or stopping birth control pills.
- When people get stressed, their bodies produce higher levels of androgen, a hormone that stimulates the secretion of an oily, waxy substance called sebum. Too much sebum can lead to excess P. acnes, which can cause acne.
Family history
- Unfortunately, if your parents suffered from acne, you have about an 80% chance of carrying on that awesome family tradition.
Hair and skin products
- The beauty products you use may contain ingredients that can clog pores. Look for non-comedogenic products and gentle cleansers.
Medication side effects
- Certain drugs can cause acne. Check with your doctor and read all labels before starting a new medication — there may be an alternative treatment.
Undiagnosed medical condition
- Acne could be a sign of a different, underlying medical condition. If you’re concerned, make sure to talk to your doctor.
A dermatologist’s perspective

What’s the best way to treat adult acne?

64% of adults who do not seek professional healthcare advice, typically turn to self-treating methods.
Dr. Adam Friedman

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