For Adults

While acne generally occurs more frequently during adolescence, acne can continue or recur during adulthood.

If acne appears after the age of 25-30, it is
1) recurrence of acne as a teen
2) related to another condition such as pregnancy or changes
in hormone levels
3) physical pressure on the skin from things like tight-fitting
clothing or things like backpack straps
4) potentially a side effect of taking a newly-prescribed


Some lesions that appear to be acne may be another skin disorder such as folliculitis—infection and inflammation of hair follicles—that require different treatment than acne. Acne that appears for the first time in adulthood should be examined and treated by a dermatologist.1