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A 17-year-old male asked:

When will hormonal acne stop? right after puberty is over?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Not necessarily: The hormones responsible remain in detectable amounts for ones adult lifetime. Some will retain problems with acne well into their 30's or 40's, though most do not.
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 54 years experience
Probably, but see MD: Normally it decreases soon after puberty, but can continue after age 20 and above. In the modern era, no teen should put up with untreated acne, especially if there are more or less continuous lesions or if there are any pits or scarring as a result. Easy treatment, such as a low dose antibiotic pill or ointment, usally is effective. Don't wait for end of puberty -- discuss with your doctor now.

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