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Adults and Acne

Acne during adulthood is very common. Adult acne can be a continuation of teenage acne that never ended. This is called "persistent acne". It can appear for the first time in people who are 30, 40 or even 50 years old. Acne that appears for the first time is referred to as "late-onset acne".

Causes of adult acne

Acne in adults can be triggered by several factors, including the following:

Adult acne treatment options

Adult Acne

As with adolescents, acne treatment recommended is based upon several variables:

Some oral medications are prescribed to control the underlying hormonal trigger of acne among women. These hormonal treatment options include oral contraceptives, hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and spironolactone (aldactone). HRT is not commonly used to treat acne in pre-menopausal women and should never be taken during pregnancy.

For the most severe, unresponsive cases of acne, oral isotretinoin may be prescribed. Isotretinoin is one of the most effective treatments for severe acne, but it has serious side so treatment with isotretinoin requires working closely with a dermatologist.