At what age is acne the worst?

Acne. It’s a condition most associated with teenagers going through puberty. The changes in hormones and the oily skin can cause acne lesions to develop in both girls and boys. However, it’s not a condition that only affects teenagers. In fact, approximately 20% of acne cases are in adult patients. Some patients deal with acne through their 30’s and 40’s, plagued by pimples and nodules. At the Florida Academic Dermatology Center, or the “FADC,” patients in the community of Coral Gables, FL can learn more about their conditions and the most effective solutions for them. 

What is acne? 

There are some misconceptions regarding acne and when or why it develops. Eating chocolate or fried foods won’t fix acne, and neither will cleansing the skin all day long. Most cases of acne are caused by a genetic predisposition and hormonal changes. Acne is actually a clogged pore that develops into areas of inflammation and redness that form lumps, nodules, pimples, and even cyst-like bumps that can be not only unsightly but painful. While many patients are able to control acne with over-the-counter cleansers and topical products, some need the assistance of a dermatologist to address. 

At what age is acne the worst? 

There is no specific answer to this question, but in most cases, patients experience acne in their teen years as they enter into puberty and hormonal fluctuations begin. Women might experience acne while they are pregnant, enjoying clearer skin afterwards when their hormones balance back out following childbirth. Age is just a number, and not truly an indication of when acne hits its worst. 

What treatments are available for acne? 

Depending on the type and severity of acne, patients will often choose from a wide range of solutions, including: 

  •         Topical medications
  •         Oral medications
  •         Light-based therapies
  •         Microdermabrasion
  •         Prescription cleansers
  •         Antibiotics
  •         Hormone-based medications

Are you struggling with controlling your acne? 

Patients of any age can deal with acne. With the help of a dermatological team, many patients can take control of their condition and find clearer, more beautiful skin with prescription-strength products and in-office treatments. If you are ready for clearer skin and live in the area of Coral Gables, FL, we welcome you to book an appointment at Florida Academic Dermatology Center with Dr. Francisco Kerdel and associates. The practice is located at 475 Biltmore Way, Suite #207 and can be reached to schedule a visit by calling (305) 324-2110.

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