Adult Acne vs. Teen Acne

As a teen, you’re always told that your acne is something hormonal, that it will clear up with time. However, for some, that’s unfortunately not the case. You find yourself battling acne flares up into your twenties and thirties. But adult acne is more common than you think, so you’re not alone.

To treat adult acne effectively, it’s important to know the differences between getting acne as a teen versus as an adult.

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Teen Acne vs. Adult Acne

Teenage acne is caused by active oil glands and excess oil production. Whereas adult acne is due to cell turnover slowing down as we age. As a result, the oil builds up, creates blockages with dead skin cell and causes inflammation, cystic acne and blemishes.

Teenage acne tends to show up all over the face, and back, chest and shoulders. Whilst, those with adult acne will notice it more commonly appears on the lower part of the face, chin and jawline.


So, for teenage acne, the skin needs a more aggressive treatment to clear up excess oil production and reduce the presence of acne bacteria.

Whilst, adult skin is much more fragile and sensitive, so tends to dry out more quickly. This means that the best treatment for adult acne is a more gentle and tolerable treatment.

Fortunately, the ZO® Skin Health and ZO® Medical ranges offer formulations that are suited to treat all types of acne for women and men of all ages.

Find your nearest ZO practitioner who can help you discover the right acne solution for you!