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I'm an Adult: Will I Ever Outgrow My Acne?

Reaching adult status is supposed to come with a variety of perks—including relief from the acne that plagued your teen years. However, for half of women in their 20s, a third of women in their 30s, and a quarter of women in their 40s, acne still remains a problem. It affects men too with 12% still having breakouts in their 40s. Fortunately, treatments are available.

At Plateroti Dermatology in Templeton, California, Dr. Carmelo Plateroti and our top-notch team use their over 30 years of combined experience to provide exceptional treatment for everything from your dermatological concerns like acne to aesthetic goals such as a rejuvenation of your appearance. With our unique approach that combines Western medicine protocols with proven holistic care, we can help your skin look clearer and refreshed.


Acne comes in a number of types from blackheads and whiteheads to papules, pustules, nodules, and cysts, happening when hair follicles become clogged with oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. Most often acne appears on the face, but it can also form on the chest, back, and arms.


Acne is most common in adolescence and early adulthood, striking about 85% of people between ages 12 and 24. This is often because of the increased production of hormones known as androgens during puberty, which results in an excess production of oil. Other hormonal changes such as pregnancy, the menstrual cycle, and menopause can also lead to skin blemishes. 

A family history of acne, certain endocrine disorders, and some medications can increase the chances of suffering from acne. Stress and certain skincare products can also play a role. Your diet—including eating foods with a high glycemic load and drinking cow's milk—may contribute as well though more research needs to be done to know for sure.


Though some people may outgrow their acne, for others, it can persist. Using oil-free cosmetics and moisturizers along with gentle skin cleansers may help reduce breakouts as can avoiding the sun and showering after getting sweaty. Washing your face before you go to bed is important as well. For some people, however, their acne is still significant even after taking preventive measures and should be treated to avoid complications such as scarring.

Treatments are personalized and may include topical ointments, creams, or solutions. Medications taken orally such as antibiotics, contraceptives, or special acne drugs may also be recommended. Phototherapy using UV light exposure could be another possibility.

The good news is that no matter your age, you don't have to live with unsightly acne. If you want to look in the mirror and see smoother skin, click our request button, or call us at 805-434-2526 today to make an appointment.

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