What age is acne the worst?

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When you think about acne you mostly associate it with those in their adolescence years. But although yes acne does mostly effects those in their adolescence years it also does effects those who are older. Due to this many want to know at what age acne is worst. We would like to look deeper into this question in this article.

Conception of acne

Before we look into more specific details associated with acne is best to remind ourselves what acne is and how acne is caused. What we refer to as acne is a condition caused by hormonal imbalances, lifestyle choices and genetic factors. These causes lead to the pores on the surface of our skin becoming clogged which cause inflammation and redness. These inflammations manifest themselves by marks such as pimples, blackheads and cyst.

Acne is Adolescence

As we have mentioned earlier acne effects many in their adolescence years. To be more specific the age group that is mostly affected by acne are those between the ages of 12-24. In the age group of 12-24 acne effects almost 85 % in some form or other which is obviously a very high proportion.

Acne in Adults

But although acne is very common amongst those in their adolescence years it effects older adults also. Studies conducted has shed light in acne amongst adults. These studies have shown that in women between the ages of 20-29 acne effects almost 50% of women. In older women between the ages of 40-49 acne effects almost 25% of women. So as these numbers suggest acne cannot only be associated to those in their teenage years and it does affect many who are older.

Hormonal Acne

One of the main causes of acne has to do with hormones and we have discussed hormonal acne in previous articles in depth. One of the main causes of acne being prevalent in those during teenage years has to do with considerable changes in hormonal levels. Male hormones that increase during teenage years in both men and women are a primary cause of acne in adolescence. The increase in male hormones cause oil producing gland to enlarge which leads to appearance of acne.

When it comes to acne is adults’ hormonal levels also plays a role. In adults’ hormonal levels can fluctuate due to menstruation and pregnancy or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Lifestyle choices and acne

As with other health conditions the choices we make when it comes to our lifestyle also plays a role in the development of acne. Those that have an unhealthy diet and consume acne causing foods are more prone to development of acne. In addition, not following a correct skincare routine and having stress can also cause the development of acne or make an existing one worst.

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