Who gets acne?

The teen years

It’s hard to find someone who hasn’t had a pimple at some point in their lives. It can happen, even when we do our best to care for our skin. Because of ‘raging hormones’ during puberty, which increase the amount of sebum produced, teenagers most commonly get acne. It may last 5–10 years, and can continue into adulthood. Acne affects both boys and girls.

If acne starts early (8–11 years old), this may mean that symptoms will be more severe into a person’s teenage years. Early treatment is key to helping control symptoms and prevent it from getting worse.

The adult years

Some teens continue to have acne as adults. Fluctuations in sex hormones are often at the root of adult acne. This is why some women have breakouts around their periods, and others develop acne during pregnancy or menopause (40–50 years of age). Three-quarters of those with adult acne are women. But, both adult men and women can be affected.

What makes acne worse?

Some things can make acne worse, including:

  • Changing hormone levels in teenage girls and adult women (2 to 7 days before your period)
  • Pollution and high humidity
  • Squeezing or picking at pimples
  • Hard scrubbing of the skin

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