What Age Does Acne Really Go Away? We Ask the Experts

Lindsey Metrus


It's easy to associate acne with youth. Hormonal changes, pubescence, teenage oily skin, stress, and poor (takeout) diet in our early 20s—these are all things commonly linked to pesky breakouts, or worse, cystic acne. So when acne continues to rear its ugly head in our late twenties, thirties, or even forties, it's like our skin is playing some kind of sick joke on us. Why is adult acne even a thing? It seems like an oxymoron if you ask us. 

Approaching the rest of our lives with hope and optimism, we asked some top dermatologists at what age does acne finally go away? Because, you know, it does eventually stop, right? Unfortunately, dear readers, we have some bad news…

"If underlying factors are not addressed, then acne may not stop at all, explains Dr. Carl Thornfeldt, founder of Episciences, Inc. "Twenty-six per cent of 40-year-olds and 12 per cent of 50-year-olds suffer from acne and 10 per cent of females have oily skin from puberty on through their whole life."

Curses! So why does this happen? There are actually a number of factors. Allow us to explain.

Lastly, Dr. Frank says if the acne is more aggressive, a visit to the dermatologist may be in order. "Oral treatments such as pills can be more effective than topical treatments. Roaccutane is more aggressive and most dermatologists would agree that Roaccutane is underused. It's the only 'magic' pill we have. There is no cure for acne, and unfortunately, many patients show up and have already developed scarring of the skin. A patient should never get to the point when they have scarring of the skin. Roaccutane must be taken seriously, prescribed and monitored."

Do you have adult acne? How do you address it? Please share with us below!

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