Acne Patterns In Women V. Men

iStock_000051781800_XXXLarge_240x185_acf_croppedMen have it easy. Well, that’s a bit of an oversimplification, but there is a reason we have a whole section dedicated to adult acne specifically in females—women are more susceptible to adult acne. If you’re a 20 or 30 something woman suffering from acne who is also considering anti-aging products, it can be extra stressful! But it’s good to remember that you’re not alone, and since it’s such an issue for women, treatments have been specifically developed for adult acne in women.

In order to understand the treatment, let’s consider the specific challenges that women with adult acne face compared with men.


Boys usually develop acne later than girls, but once they get it, it is more severe. Their teenage years can be rough, to say the least. Specifically, boys develop chest and back acne more often than girls, which makes it more likely that they’ll be given oral treatments so that they don’t have to topically treat acne on a large part of their body. But with boys, even though it’s possible for men to develop adult acne, it usually goes away permanently at ages 18-20.

Not only do girls have to deal with adult acne at a higher rate than boys, but since they hit puberty earlier, they can begin to develop acne earlier as well. Some girls may develop zits as early as ages 6 or 7, depending on their hormone fluctuations. While girls’ teen acne may not be as severe as their brace-faced male counterparts, it can extend into or even return during adulthood. Some cases even exist in which women who never developed acne during their teen years can develop acne for the first time as adults. Is nothing sacred?!


Check out some of the treatments we mentioned that are specific for adult women.

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