51 Year Old Male Suddenly Experiencing Acne. What's The Cause? Treatment Options?

Recently I have been experiencing an increase in acne. I am a 51 year old male and it seems to be getting worse rather than better. Never had major problem but this is crazy at my age. Any ideas, suggestions? Could this be a sign of something more serious?

Doctor Answers 2

Acne at an older age

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Although we often think of acne as a teenage and hormonal problem, quite frankly, you can get acne at any age. Your best bet is to schedule an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist. Most likely you need some type of prescription medication, and it's better to start treating it sooner rather than later!

Acne Developing as an Adult

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The sudden appearance of acne as an adult may be due to an underlying systemic cause or due to an exogenous agent such as hormonal supplements.  I recommend being evaluated and treated by a board certified dermatologist so the underlying cause can be investigated and an appropriate treatment regimen tailored to your individual condition.

Anthony Perri, MD
Houston Dermatologist

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