More Women Get Adult Acne Than Men, Renée Rouleau Tells Why


Men’s hormones calm down after age 20, while women’s will continue on into their adult years. Women can get adult acne and men rarely do.

Many women will find as they get older they get more blemishes before their period and stress-related breakouts due to hormonal shifts in the body. When estrogen drops, the androgen hormones stimulate sebaceous glands to produce more oil and therefore, breakouts.

How should adult acne be treated? Since estrogen is a natural anti-inflammatory, the skin and breakouts are more inflamed than the acne you would get in your teenage years, so many will benefit from using calming ingredients on the skin like white tea and beta glucans.

But as always, it’s best to use the right products for your skin and it all begins with choosing your skin type.

Read more tips for controlling adult acne.

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Renée Rouleau

Celebrity Esthetician & Skincare Expert
As an esthetician trained in cosmetic chemistry, Renée Rouleau has spent 30 years researching skin, educating her audience, and building an award-winning line of products. Trusted by celebrities, editors, bloggers, and skincare obsessives around the globe, her vast real-world knowledge and constant research are why Marie Claire calls her “the most passionate skin practitioner we know.”