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Does acne go away with age?

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Hello everyone,

I am 20 years old this year, I am currently a university student. It can be seen, nowadays, taking care of the appearance to have a neat, good-looking appearance will have many advantages. But I got a lot of acne on my face. I have used a lot of acne products but most of them are ineffective. That's why I want to ask people if acne goes away on its own when I grow up, or if it stays on my face forever.

Thanks everyone.

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Acne has 4 main and very different causes:   Bacteria, Fungus, Demodex Skin Mites, Hormonal.   Specific treatments for each type are different.    Most common acne treatments are for bacterial acne.  If those are not working, its possible that your acne is not bacterial in origin.

A competent dermatologist can test you for the cause.  Unfortunately, many old school dermatologists just do visual exams and do not test to determine the actual cause.

Fungal infections can also cause acne.  There are oral and topical treatments for fungal infections that are completely different from bacterial treatment.   

Demodex skin mites can also cause acne like lesions that will not respond to specific treatments for bacterial or fungal acne.  95-100% of all adults have at least a few of these skin mites.  The mites are only a problem if they get overpopulated.  Overpopulation can happen due to the immune system being down due to illness or stress. The mites live and die on a 2 to 3 week cycle which may give the acne a cyclical appearance.  The cyclical behavior is sometimes confused with hormonal acne.   The mites can cause some or all of the following symptoms: large blackheads, papules, pustules, red irritated eyes, styes, scalp or body acne.    This type of acne may be called either demodicosis or Rosacea Sub Type 2 with papules and pustules.  Topical treatment may include the expensive cream Soolantra typically prescribed for 16 weeks.  There is a 2 week highly effective 2 week, 2 drug oral treatment that works against demodex skin mites.  This treatment worked for me when nothing else ever did including expensive prescription antibiotics, retinoids, etc.    The oral treatment consists of taking 2 once a week doses of Oral Ivermectin (dose based on body weight 200 micrograms Ivermectin per kilogram of body weight) plus Oral Metronidazole 250 mg three times daily with food.  The treatment was published in a proper medical study in the May 2013 International Journal of Infectious Diseases.  Link to the paper is here:


To properly diagnose hormonal acne, the doctor should run tests on sex hormone levels.  They should also check the thyroid hormone levels.

You may also want to consider taking an anti-microbial approach to treating your skin.   Anti-microbial products can be effective against bacterial, fungus and demodex skin mites.  Tea tree oil is antimicrobial.  Hypochlorous Acid (HOCL) is made by human white cells in response to an infection.  HOCL is a weak acid but a powerful antimicrobial agent.  HOCL killed 99.9% of 23 different strains of bacteria in one study.  HOCL also kills fungus and viruses like Norovirus and COVID on contact.  Tattoo artists and piercers recommend HOCL face sprays to help their clients heal up clean without infection.  HOCL is also used in the medical industry to sanitize hospital ICUs, operating rooms and medical and dental offices.   A face wash with Tea Tree Oil followed by a Hypochlorous Acid Face Spray could help.

Tea Tree Oil facial cleansers are made by Desert Essence, The Body Shop, Heyedrate, eye eco, and others all available on Amazon.  BrioTech Labs makes a very affordable HOCL Face spray and is recommended by tattoo artists and piercers.   Other brands like Occusoft, Heyedrate, etc all are available on Amazon.

Diet is also important.  Too much sugar can make acne worse by increasing skin oil.  Bacteria, fungus and demodex skin mites all eat skin oil.   Eat a healthy well balanced diet and avoid fast food, sugar and heavy oily fried food as much as possible.


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Acne for me got better when I got older. I used to get a blemish on my face almost every week. Now it's every other month or so. Used to break out on my back a LOT! Now, I only get it occasionally. I got Accutate years ago - I'm not sure if that helps long-term but my breakouts have been much more controlled.

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