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At What Age Does Acne Go Away?

Most people get an acne breakout at some point in their life. Many associate it with adolescence, but acne can be seen even in 40-year-olds. Typically, acne goes away on its own, but when it sticks around for longer than we expect, you might start to worry about your skin and overall health.

How Long Does Acne Last?

Acne is a skin ailment that arises when oil (sebum), dead skin cells, and the occasional germs clog the skin's follicles. These blocks create skin problems, including whiteheads and blackheads, as well as scars. Acne is not restricted to the face, it can occur anywhere.

There's no knowing how long each person’s acne will take to go away. Teenagers will get it when they hit puberty, but the acne will, in most cases, go away before they hit their 20s. Some will have them from teenagehood well into adulthood.

Pimples are the physical manifestation of acne, and they can develop within one or two weeks. So, they may seem like an overnight occurrence when they have really been festering for a while. They start as microscopic bumps, and eventually develop into pimples.

Left untreated, the oil accumulates under the skin, forming blackheads, whiteheads, or even becoming an efficient culture medium for bacteria.

Causes of Acne

Hormonal changes occurring during puberty tend to cause acne. Rightfully so, because increased production of some hormones (mostly androgens) will expand the size of the skin's oil glands and increase the rate of oil (sebum) production. Other factors that may cause acne include stress, allergic reactions, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), genetics, or even anxiety.

Because these factors differ from one person to another, effective acne treatment is personal. A treatment addressing the specific cause of your acne. For instance, if your acne is hormonal, then you will have to stick to the treatment until the body is used to the hormones and can effectively cope with their effects.

How to Get Rid of Acne

All forms of acne are frustrating. For some, pimples will disappear naturally, and for others medical intervention becomes necessary. Acne can be particularly uncomfortable to live with, let alone the negative impact on self-image if they last into adulthood. Luckily, most forms of acne can be treated, but it all depends on the young skin type and the severity of the acne.

Some ways of getting rid of acne include:

Practicing Good Facial Hygiene

Wash your face regularly and avoid picking and popping pimples because it damages your skin. Since acne mostly results from oil building from the skin's follicles, maintaining a good skincare routine will help with reducing acne. These may include regimens such as cleansing, exfoliating, and pore


Sublative Rejuvenation (eMatrix)

Sublative Rejuvenation (eMatrix) is an FDA-approved treatment for acne scars, redness, fine line, and wrinkles by stimulating the production of collagen.

Laser Genesis Rejuvenation

Laser genesis rejuvenation is used to treat acne, redness, wide pores, inconsistent skin texture, and fine lines. It is a comfortable and non-abrasive treatment that will work well with sensitive skin.

Diamond Glow

Diamond glow is a non-invasive acne treatment used to exfoliate and extract oil from deep inside the follicles. It uncovers renewed skin and deeply cleanses debris from the pores.


The HydraFacial treatment uses the patented Vortex Fusion technology to treat acne by exfoliating the skin, removing deep-rooted skin oils, and hydration. It's another painless procedure that can work well with sensitive skin.

There are several over-the-counter acne treatment solutions to help with exfoliation and pore cleansing. These include topical medicines and some hormonal solutions with benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, sulphur, and retinoids to dissolve the oils.

When to Visit Your Doctor about Acne

When hygiene doesn't work, a visit to a dermatologist is necessary if you want to keep the acne away permanently. ClarityMD is the skincare expert for the entire family. We understand what your skin's health means to you and use the latest state-of-the-art technologies to give you your confidence back. Feel free to consult our experienced teams for all your acne issues and other skin problems.

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