Surprise! Acne can creep back into your life just like Dawson’s Creek does with a summer of reruns… except this is one show you definitely don’t want to relive. “While the exact numbers are unknown, it appears the incidence of adult acne is rising,” says Camille’s personal dermatologist, Elizabeth Geddes-Bruce. At Westlake Dermatology, Dr. Geddes-Bruce is seeing more and more cases of acne present for the first time in adulthood. Adult acne is different from teen or pubescent acne, and (according to Dr. Geddes-Bruce) often more difficult to control. “In my experience, adult acne often has a stronger hormonal component and favors areas of the face that are more sensitive to androgens (the predominately “male” hormones that we all make). The acne bumps tend to be deeper and more cystic compared to pubescent acne, which is often characterized by many blackheads and whiteheads.” But don’t swear to never leave the house again just yet. Try these six actionable steps from Dr. Geddes-Bruce to get a grip on adult acne, and leave those terrible pore strips where they belong: back in junior high.
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