Adults get acne too. Adult acne is caused by the same things as teen acne – primarily, hormones. This explains why women tend to break out more often than men.
Those treatments you used as a teenager might not be the best choice for adult breakouts, though. Unless your acne is very mild, OTC products won’t do much good.
The better option is to see a dermatologist. You’ll get faster results with a prescription medication.
No matter what your age, acne isn’t something that you have to live with. With the right treatment, your acne can be cleared.
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