You’re long past the awkward middle school or high school puberty stage — maybe really long past. So why hasn’t your face gotten the memo?
Acne is definitely normal for teenagers — more than 90% of teens get acne. The outliers are the ones who don’t get it in their teenage years but we’ve definitely seen over the past few decades that people don’t grow out of acne as quickly as they used to.
For men, acne can sometimes persist into their 20s and 30s. (Sorry, guys!)
But all is not lost! Learn when you should seek help from a dermatologist.
Why does acne occur?
Acne is primarily a hormone-driven process. It’s the excess activity of the male hormones, like testosterone, at the level of the hair follicle and the oil gland that leads to excess oil production, blockage of the hair follicles, and then the inflammation from the overgrowth of bacteria in the area.
This process is still the same in adult acne, it just lasts even longer.
When to see a dermatologist for adult acne
There are a few reasons men should seek out help for acne:
OTCs aren’t helping
If you’ve tried an over-the-counter (OTC) anti-acne medication and it’s not consistently helping, you may need something stronger.
If you’re noticing any scarring at all, I think it’s important to go see a dermatologist as quickly as possible. That’s your standard-issue sign that you need to be more aggressive with treatment.
If you’re bothered by it
Whether it’s that you can’t figure out the pattern, or if you’re troubled by the breakouts, seek help. Many people write off acne as just a few pimples, but we know that it has potentially lifelong psychosocial implications.
People who have had acne suffer — and some feel their suffering is just as bad as if they have a chronic medical condition, or in some cases, even cancer. Their quality of life gets that bad. And because acne can be a scarring process, that negative effect on someone’s life can be a lifelong thing.
Have our experts look at your acne problems and solve them for you!
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