Adult Acne: Causes and Treatment


When you’re young, acne can be embarrassing. It is seldom, however, a serious problem. As you age, even occasional acne can become more than an embarrassment, impacting self-confidence and reducing self-esteem in ways teens with the condition will never experience.

If you are struggling with adult acne, board-certified Arizona plastic surgeon Dr. John Corey can help. Call us at 480-767-7700 to schedule a consultation at our Scottsdale cosmetic surgery center to learn more.

What Causes Adult Acne?

Adult acne is often caused by hormone fluctuations, particularly around menstrual cycles, during pregnancy, perimenopause and menopause, making it more common in women than men. However, acne can continue to occur well into the 50s for men and women alike due to factors including:

  • Stress
  • Genetics
  • Medication use
  • Irritating hair and skin products

Barring topical products that can be discontinued, most of the causes of adult acne are beyond the control of those suffering from it. This does not mean that treatment is impossible.

We offer a range of nonsurgical skin care options that can help control adult acne and even reduce the appearance of scars related to the condition.

Acne treatments available for adults include:

These services each work to smooth skin and remove the spots and scars caused by adult acne. The one ideal for your skin condition is best determined during a one-on-one consultation at our Scottsdale office. During this consultation we will carefully evaluate your skin, review the potential causes of your acne, and help you choose the best treatment for your needs.

To schedule your adult acne treatment consultation, please contact John J. Corey, MD today. Located in Scottsdale, we welcome men and women from all areas of Arizona including Phoenix, Mesa, and Chandler.