Acne is often thought of as a teenage problem, but it affects many adults as well. In fact, you can get acne as an adult even if you never had it as a teenager. Women experience more adult acne than men, largely due to hormone changes and fluctuations. There are a few times in a woman’s life when she is more prone to acne.


Acne is often caused by hormone fluctuations, and nothing wreaks havoc with your hormones like pregnancy. Many women who do not have acne during their periods or did not have acne as teenagers can develop adult acne during pregnancy. It is important to see a dermatologist before seeking any treatment for acne during this time to ensure that the treatment you choose is safe for both you and the baby.


Perimenopause and menopause cause a lot of hormonal changes in the body. Menopause is the process of your hormones, particularly estrogen, decreasing dramatically. Menopause and perimenopause can occur at any age after 35, although most women do not experience it until their 50s. It can also be brought on by surgical means if you have to have a hysterectomy or other procedure affecting the reproductive system. If your acne during this period of your life is severe, it is a good idea to see a dermatologist for treatment.

Other Causes

Acne in women can be caused by several other conditions as well. Many women experience outbreaks of acne during their period each month due to the hormonal fluctuations. Some women also experience acne outbreaks due to stress, medications, or hair and skin care products.

If you are experiencing adult onset acne, contact us today for an appointment. Although the same treatments that work for teens often don’t work for adults, there are a number of available treatments that we can suggest.

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