Adult Acne

Understanding female adult acne & hormones. Care & treatment from reproductive endocrinologist, gynecologist, Gerald V. Burke MD, Voorhees NJ

Adult Acne

Do you just wish you could have clear skin? And why are those annoying blemishes a problem well beyond teenage years? Acne is frustrating no matter what age it happens, but it can be particularly embarrassing for an adult. Unfortunately, adult acne can sometimes develop well into your 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. 

The truth is that women over the age of 20 should not have acne.


If you have acne, it is abnormal. While it may be associated with skin conditions that are
treatable by a dermatologist, frequently there will be underlying hormonal imbalances that dermatologists do not treat.


Causes of adult acne

For women, hormonal changes play a significant role in triggering acne breakouts. As estrogen levels decline with age, male hormones such as testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT) increase, leading to an imbalance that can contribute to adult acne. Some women are more prone to this condition.


Hormonal fluctuations

For women, hormonal fluctuations throughout life can have a profound impact on the skin. As estrogen levels decline, particularly during perimenopause and menopause, the relative increase in male hormones can stimulate the production of sebum, an oily substance that clogs pores and promotes acne formation. This hormonal imbalance is a primary reason why women tend to experience this more frequently than men.


Understanding female adult acne and hormones. Care and treatment endocrinologist Gerald V. Burke MD, Voorhees, NJ


When there is a hormone imbalance causing or contributing to an adult woman’s acne, making the correct diagnosis permits the condition to be identified. Specific treatment for the cause of the hormone imbalance can then be started.


The acne will then resolve.


Reproductive endocrinologist

As a Reproductive Endocrinologist/Gynecologist, Dr. Burke is uniquely trained and qualified to make these diagnoses and prescribe treatment that can be life changing for the woman suffering with adult acne.


Every woman suffering with acne does not have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and birth control pills are not the best or only treatment for everyone.


If you are frustrated and unable to achieve the clear skin you desire, call our office for an appointment. 


Call us at 856-429-2212


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