Everyone can get acne

Acne is the most common skin disease. The majority of the people with acne are aged between 12 and 25 but it can happen at any age, even in infants. In the specified age range nearly 85% of people develop acne at some period. It is estimated that about 3 in 10 teenagers have acne bad enough to need treatment to prevent scaring.

Common to all who gets acne, whether you are a teenager or an adult, the underlying reason for the breakouts are hormonal changes in the body. In the puberty, the body starts to produce more sex hormones. This stimulates the sebaceous glands to over-secret sebum in the pores.


When acne arises in adulthood, the hormones have been affected and become imbalance for some reason. Studies have been shown that 5% of all adults over 45 years and 20 % of women between 25 and 45 experience regular acne breakouts. Many women continue to get breakouts temporarily before and during menstruation far into middle age. Excessive stress, birth control pills, medical cause and pregnancy are other reasons for hormonal changes. It has also been seen that acne depends on your genetic heritage. Adult acne is more challenging to treat and it is more common that the pimples and acne leave permanent scars. The reason is that the recovery process is longer and the skin does not heal as good as in young skin. Therefore, it is important to use the right treatment.

You can also get acne-like symptoms of some drugs, moist and warm environment and from oily cosmetics. It is difficult to influence your genes but you can control your lifestyle and external factors, which in turn may improve or worsen acne.