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Most people think of acne as a condition affecting mostly teenagers. The main cause of acne in teens is a spike in hormones. However, hormones also fluctuate in your 30s, 40s and 50s (from menopause, for example) and can lead to outbreaks well past your teenage years. Women tend to get adult acne more often than men do.


If you are concerned about your skin, have your acne evaluated by a dermatologist. If your acne is hormone-related, it can be treated with hormonal therapy, like oral contraceptives, or other drugs.


However, most acne can be successfully treated using topical medications. The three most common topical treatments include:


Benzoyl peroxide – some strengths available over-the-counter Topical antibiotics – by prescription Topical Vitamin A – some strengths available over-the-counter


It’s important to have a good skincare regimen if you are prone to acne. Your dermatologist can help you find a facewash, moisturizer and medications that fit your skin’s needs. There are many over-the-counter products that can be very helpful without breaking the bank.


Stress can be another cause of acne in adults. When you are stressed, your body produces more androgen, a type of hormone, which can lead to acne. Try to identify and limit stressors in your life.


It’s important that you feel confident in your skin, so if your acne is affecting your self-esteem, you should consult a dermatologist about your treatment options.

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