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When Should I "grow Out" Of My Acne

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I have had acne for about 6 years now, starting at age 10 and i am now 16.. i have tried every type of perscription topical as well as 3 different antibiotics and i still have acne all over my back chest and face.. i really want to go on accutane and just get rid of it for good but my mom is really against it and keeps telling me that "im not going to have acne forever" and i will grow out of it soon enough.. but i am really skeptical of this and i honestly believe that i will have acne in some form for the rest of my life.. At what age do most people "grow out" of their acne?? and what should i do if is it common for people to still have acne in their 20's?

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Sorry cittycat, but there's not really a cookbook answer to your question. For some acne stops after adolescence, for others it never goes away. I am 50 and still struggle with my skin although it's mild and I've learned what to avoid, use, etc.

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I'm a guy and I stopped getting acne at around age 23. I am 25 now and 100% acne free. I see some guys my age with acne, but most don't have it and it's usually pretty mild if they do.

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Depends what type of acne you have. I am 35 and still have some mild spots here and there every now and then. Mine started when I was 17 and has been going on and off for years. I know people who have had bad acne when we were at high school and then they grew out of it and they now have a clear skin.

Thus, there is no definite answer to your question and it depends on what type and what factors contribute to your acne, be it food allergy, hormone imbalance, using wrong products etc. The best approach is to try following a healthy diet, use gentle products and try to identify what triggers your acne and avoid it.

Best of luck.

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I think those that have an insulin sensitivity will probably need to control their acne during their whole lifetime. So you need to give up junk foods and sugary snacks to have a chance to get rid of acne. Also, Accutane is only a short term solution for most, as they get the acne back at some point. Not to mention the really bad side-effects that make acne seem like nothing.

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I'm 27 and developed acne at 12 years old. I guess it depends on things for instance like, diet, genetics and lifestyle. However, adult acne certainly is commonplace I'm afraid I won't deny that. As for Roaccutane it certainly isn't a miracle cure, but it has people a lot of people immensely. I took Roaccutane in 2008 and my acne subsided for a temporary period of time. I'm not really an advocate for accutane because of the potential long term side effects, but I'd be a hypocrite to chastise others for comtenplating such a treatment, since I tried it in desperate measures. In short, some people do grow out their acne while others don't, I haven't, but on the other had my brother who is 29, developed acne around 13ish and cleared up by 17 -18 years old.

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everyones different so its hard to know if people will grow out of acne.

from my own experience of friends and family in the early 20's it usually is gone or a lot milder/reduced than before.

your still really young so keep your head up ;)

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Chiming in here with "not everyone grows out of it." Genetics can play a big role - both my mother and father still have blemish prone skin. I am 31 and following suit. This is why it's so important to find, establish, and keep up with an effective skin care regimen. Some of us will be doing it for the rest of our lives.


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