Why Do I Have Adult Acne?

What Causes Adult Acne?

You’d have thought that by your age you would have outgrown your acne. So why are you breaking out now? What Causes Adult Acne.

Medical Dermatologist Larry Jaeger relates that acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States, and not just for teenagers. Many adults have acne. It’s frustrating problem, especially when you expected to leave your skin problems behind in high school.

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Acne can happen in both adult men and women. But what causes acne during adulthood?

You’d have thought that by your age you would have outgrown your acne. So why are you breaking out now?

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Adult Acne Breakouts

According to Larry Jaeger, Acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States, and not just for teenagers. Many adults have acne. It’s frustrating problem, especially when you expected to leave your skin problems behind in high school.

Acne can happen in both adult men and women. But what causes acne during adulthood:

  • Hormonal Factors: Just like during the teen years (puberty, anyone?) fluctuating hormones can cause acne flare ups.
  • Androgens are hormones released from the adrenal glands, the ovaries, and the testes. These hormones stimulate the sebaceous, or oil, glands increasing oil production and creating a skin that is more prone to pore blockages and breakouts.

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More Hormonal Imbalance – Acne Outbreaks.

Adult onset acne most commonly affects women because, let’s face it, women are more “hormonal” than men. Sharp hormonal fluctuations occur during ovulation and menstruation, pregnancy, perimenopause, and menopause, and can also be caused by using certain birth control medications. Women may see their acne suddenly develop, or worsen, during these periods of life.

Adult acne may strike women at a greater rate than men, but that doesn’t mean men are immune to acne. For the guys, acne usually starts in the teen years and then lingers into adulthood.

Advanced Dermatology Associates Medical Director, Larry Jaeger agrees that men tend to have more severe and longer lasting acne than women, because of the higher levels of testosterone within the body.

However, it is not uncommon for acne in men to last 10 years or more, if left untreated.

Dr. Larry Jaeger is a board certified dermatologist in New York City and Medical Director of Advanced Dermatology Associates, a state of the art medical practice with multiple locations in Manhattan and the Bronx. Dr Larry Jaeger and his group of board certified dermatologist and medical providers are expert in the diagnosis and treatment of all skin, hair and nail disorders and specialize in the practice of medical, cosmetic and surgical dermatology.

Advanced Dermatology Associates accept all Insurance Plans, HMOs, PPOs as well as Medicare and Medicaid.

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