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How long does acne last?

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Blemishes on the face and body are true confidence-busters. No surprise then that one of the top questions asked of dermatologists is just how long acne lasts. We reached out to Dr. Philippe Beaulieu for the inside scoop.


"Patients are desperate to know when their acne will stop", he explains.


"It's most common in teenagers and young adults. It actually affects about 80% of teenagers and up to 40% of adults. If left untreated, acne can go on for several years."(1)


Dr. Philippe Beaulieu also points out that acne sometimes lasts well into adult life, particularly in women.


"Acne isn't just for teens. Over a third of adult women suffer from the condition long-term, often getting breakouts in tandem with their cycle. Even babies are sometimes affected too."


The good news? Acne responds well to targeted treatment. Have a chat with your pharmacist, doctor or dermatologist about the best options for you, or watch the video to find out more about adult acne.

(1) Ann Dermatol Venereol. 2010 Nov;137 Suppl 2:S49-51. doi: 10.1016/S0151-9638(10)70024-7. Recent data on epidemiology of acne. Dréno B.