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A 23-year-old female asked:

23 yeals old never really had acne now breaking out on face, chest and back why is this?

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Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 29 years experience
Acne in 20 year olds: Acne can be triggered by stress levels, medications, change in diet, extreme exercise, hormones, including oral contraceptives or a change in a woman's hormonal status, like polycystic ovary syndrome or there may not be a good explanation at all. Look at what has changed from about 1-2 months prior to breakouts. That may offer a clue. Also see your dermatologist for a full examination.

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