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Is There Help for Adult Acne?

Q: I’m 35 and my skin looks like a teenager’s sometimes. What can I do about adult acne?

A: It’s a frustrating fact, but yes, adults do get acne. Some continue to get it well into their 30s, 40s and even 50s. It’s even possible to get acne for the first time as an adult. Women tend to have acne more often than men do. If you’re getting acne as an adult, it can be caused by fluctuating hormone levels. Women often experience this around the time of their periods; during pregnancy, perimenopause and menopause; and after starting or stopping birth-control pills. Stress can also cause acne flare-ups. Adult acne can also run in families. If you are experiencing acne, read the labels on your hair and skin products. Make sure you see one of the following terms on every container: “non-comedogenic,” “non-acnegenic,” “oil-free” or “won’t clog pores.” Adult acne can be a side effect of some medicines. If you suspect this may be the case with a medication you are taking, don’t stop taking the medication, but do talk with your doctor. If your acne persists, see a dermatologist. Effective treatment is available.

Source: American Academy of Dermatology


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