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What do they have in common?

Acne Hormones
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Headshot of Girl with Hormonal Acne

We all have acne hormones⁠—

and that may be why acne is the most common skin condition in the US

Up to 50Million people in the US are affected by acne each year

Acne happens when pores become clogged with sebum (an oily wax in the skin), dead skin cells, and bacteria.

What are the different types of acne?


Blackhead Ane

Dark, black spots
Tiny & debris filled


Whitehead Acne on Nose

Tiny white or flesh colored bumps


Pimples on Skin

Inflammation causes small, red bumps

Acne Cysts or Nodules

Acne Cysts

Deep & painful
Can cause scarring

But no matter what they look like on the all starts from the same root cause...acne hormones in the skin.

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Here’s how acne hormones work

Overproduction of sebum can cause inflammation and bacterial growth, which leads to acne. Sebum production is controlled by acne hormones in the skin, called androgens. Since hormones fluctuate throughout life, starting in the teen years, acne hormones can cause acne for almost anyone—all genders, ages, and stages.

See how hormones cause acne

Teenage Girl with Acne

85% of young people ages 12 - 24 struggle with at least mild acne.*

Hormones tend to fluctuate a lot during these years, so that can help explain why so many teens and young adults experience acne.

*According to the American Academy of Dermatology

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