All acne is triggered by a complex combination of factors, primarily genetics (your inherited predisposition to acne), hormones, environment, climate, stress and medications. However, teen skin is very different than adult skin. While acne is the primary skin concern for teens, adult skin is more complicated.
- Teen acne includes pimples, clogged pores, blackheads, and whiteheads (and even inflamed pimples) and are usually clustered on the forehead and cheeks. It may be more localized and/or present itself as a symmetrical breakout from baseball caps, helmets or cell phone usage. Further, acne can flare in times of stress such as tests, finals and breakups.
- As we age, pimples tend to move south on the face with adults more commonly experiencing acne around the mouth and on the jawline and are fewer in number but bigger in size – cystic acne included.