The Truth About Adult Acne

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.

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Is Acne Your Fault?

Acne generally isn’t caused by something you did or didn’t do.  It’s not caused by dirt or even diet (according to current research). Some people are just prone to it, while others aren’t.  Most of the time, tendency toward acne comes from your genes. That’s right, thank your parents.

Of course there are things you can do to lessen this genetic gift.  You can keep your skin clean and exfoliate carefully. You can develop a skin care regimen that works and stick to it. You can understand that acne isn’t something you “grow out of”, it’s treatable.  If you have severe acne, go see a dermatologist.

For most people, it’s a lack of consistency and care that prolongs acne.  Worse, doing things to care for your acne incorrectly can cause more acne, or worse, scarring. Continue reading “Is Acne Your Fault?”