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Think acne is just a teen problem? Think again.

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

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Acne in adults vs. teens


  • More adults than teens have acne
  • 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
35.4
million
Acne sufferers
under 20
19.5
million

Why adults get acne.

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

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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.
Stress
- 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

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