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Acne doesn’t end when the teen years do

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High school may be over, but the chance of getting acne is definitely not. The characteristic pimples and blackheads of the condition can appear well into the 30s, 40s and 50s, and are typically caused by pores clogged with secretions from overactive oil glands.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is becoming more and more common among adults. The average age of acne patients in the U.S. has risen from 20.5 in 1997 to 26.5 in 2007.

“There are two main reasons: changes in our diet and exercise patterns, as well as the increased stress we endure every day,” said dermatologist Ava Shamban, quoted by StyleList. “We ingest low-quality nutrients that don’t support our skin. Our stress levels go through the roof as we try to juggle too many responsibilities.”

While eating right and getting enough rest can certainly help, Shamban added that people for whom the condition is most severe may want to look into laser acne treatment. This minimally invasive option utilizes light to target overactive sebaceous glands, allowing skin to stay clean and clear.