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Why You Have Adult Acne (And How to Get Rid of It)

July 5th, 2017

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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7 Comments under :: Why You Have Adult Acne (And How to Get Rid of It)
  1. It’s funny, I’ve tried so many different products over the years and paid tons of money to try to help my acne. Finally I picked up some Stridex pads at the grocery store and they’ve really gotten it under control!

  2. Good thing I’m not an adult yet, but when I am, and when I get adult acne I will know what to do.

  3. Christine Kron says:

    Right as I turned 37 this happened! What a crapshow! It’s been incredibly embarrassing and hard to control. I *think* starting to wash my face in the AM [as well as PM] along with CeraVe cleanser seems to be helping – ? Argh.

  4. erika says:

    I’ve dealt with some acne problems. Thank you for the tips!

  5. mardhiah says:

    My husband has this and we’ve tried a lot of things to get rid of it. He went to a dermatologist a few years ago and while it worked it got too expensive and they all came back when the treatment stopped. We’re now trying salicylic acid but it doesn’t seem to be working either. 🙁

  6. I love this post!I’ve been dealing with adult acne and it’s definitely been a difficult journey. I have been following the steps you mentioned aside from getting an OTC acne product and it has been helping a lot! I’ve learned that less is more when it comes to skin care and you don’t always have to go for everything acne-fighting to fight acne. Changing to a gentle cleanser for day and night has been one of the best things for my skin! It’s great that you’re passing on such an informative message to your readers, I feel like many people look past the gentle cleansers and go straight to acne fighting products, when that could be causing more stress to the skin.

    Great post!
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  7. marinkaessel says:

    Thanks for the article! My coworker is experiencing this and was looking for tips to help her 🙂

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