Acne in adults is usually less severe than in teens
Adults can get acne even if they never had it as a teen
over 20 35.4 million
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.
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.
- 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 acne as an adult?
64% of adults who do not seek professional healthcare advice, typically turn to self-treating methods.
Dr. Adam Friedman
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