Adult acne affects 1 in 4 men and about half of all women some time in their adult lives. About 1/3 of those with facial acne also experience acne on their back and body. Adult acne can cause depression and social anxiety in adults the same way it can a teen.
Most men experience adult acne because they had adolescent acne and it comes back now and then. Women can experience acne that’s stuck around from their adolescence too, but, unlike men, they can experience adult onset acne–new flare-ups–in their adult life.