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How does acne affect women?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Acne can affect women differently than men. Women can suffer well beyond their teens with the condition. Causes include hormonal changes, medications, changes in contraceptives, and even stress.

Most young women and men will have at least a few pimples over the course of their lives. But acne seems to affect men and women in different ways. Young men are more likely to have a more serious form of acne. Acne in young women tends to be more random and linked to hormone changes, such as the menstrual cycle.

As women get older, acne often gets better. But some women have acne for many years. Some women even get acne for the first time at age 30 or 40.

For many women, acne can be an upsetting illness. Women may have feelings of depression, poor body image, or low self-esteem. But you do not have to wait to outgrow acne or to let it run its course. Today, almost every case of acne can be resolved. Acne also can, sometimes, be prevented. Talk with your doctor or dermatologist (a doctor who specializes in treating skin problems) about how you can help prevent acne and if treatment would help you.

This answer is based on source information from National Women's Health Information Center.

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