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Adult Acne: Prevention and Treatment

Acne can rear its ugly head long after the teen years. Learn why you're dealing with zits and pimples now, and what products you can use to get clear skin.

By Ilana Blitzer

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You probably thought pimples were a high school thing like late passes and SAT words. Not—over 30 million Americans struggle with adult-onset acne, and even those who got off scot-free as teens aren't exempt. Unfortunately, women break out more than men, thanks to a perfect storm of genes, stress, and fluctuating hormones that triggers oil production. Trouble spots this time around tend to be the jawline, neck, and chest, says David Bank, MD, a dermatologist in Mount Kisco, New York.

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