How long can acne last?

Acne is a long-term skin condition that may last several years. Over this time, there are periods of acne breakouts and times when it resolves. It is no surprise that acne is described as a frustrating, annoying and distressing skin condition… 

  • Acne usually begins in the early teens around the time of puberty (10-12 years of age) and lasts for several years until the age of 18 or 19.
  • Acne sometimes persists into the 20’s and 30’s.
  • A relatively small number of women – 5% – have acne through the 40’s.
  • Acne may still be present during menopause.

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