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Can people in their 30s and 40s get acne?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
People in their 30s and 40s can get acne, a condition referred to as adult acne. Adult acne may come and go frequently over several decades and is difficult to treat. Outbreaks of acne can flare during times of hormonal changes such as pregnancy, menstruation, or menopause. Acne may be triggered by medications. Stress and environmental factors do not cause acne, but they can trigger outbreaks and worsen existing adult acne. Acne, the most common skin disorder, is caused by too much sebum (oil), dead skin cells, and bacteria clogging the pores. Adopting a good skincare regimen can help you prevent acne breakouts. Talk to a dermatologist (a doctor who specializes in the treatment of skin, nail, and hair conditions) about adult acne.

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