Acne affects at least 85% of teens; plus, 25% of all adult men and 50% of adult women get acne at some point in their grown-up lives.
For adults, the recurring skin disorder can be difficult to cope with, leading to anxiety disorders and depression no matter how old you are. In fact, a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology found that acne sufferers experienced social, psychological, and emotional problems similar to those with chronic health problems, such as epilepsy, diabetes, and arthritis.
The repercussions of acne left untreated are more than skin deep. If you find yourself skipping events and outings with friends, or if breakouts upset you, it’s time to see a dermatologist who can help clear up your acne quickly (in six to eight weeks, says Mirmirani), and offer techniques for dealing with pimples in a healthy way.