How is adult acne different from teen acne?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Even though acne is typically thought of as a teen problem, adults-especially women in their 20s, 30s, and 40s-can experience acne, even if they didn't have acne when they were teenagers. Adult acne may look different than teen acne: Adults often have red bumps around the mouth and jaw rather than pimples in the "T-zone" (forehead, nose, and chin). Like teen acne, adult acne may still be caused by fluctuating hormone levels, such as those experienced during menstruation or pregnancy. In addition, other factors like cosmetics, certain drugs, stress, and humidity and sweating are likely to contribute to adult acne.

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