Acne does not discriminate when it comes to age. Though pimples are associated with the awkward teenage years, breakouts can occur in children under 10, previously blemish-free twentysomethings, expectant mothers, women approaching menopause and stressed-out adults of any age. Some people battle persistent acne throughout their lives, while others suffer temporary flare-ups due to hormonal changes, medication reactions, emotional strain or any number of other factors.
Though breakouts plague boys and girls equally during adolescence, adult women get pimples more frequently than their male counterparts, studies show [source: American Academy of Dermatology]. Acne affects 45 percent of women between the ages of 21 and 30, 26 percent of women ages 31 to 40, and 12 percent of women ages 41 to 50 [source: Jackson-Cannady].
No matter how old you are, pimples, whiteheads and blackheads occur when sebum (oil) and dead skin cells plug the hair follicles, allowing bacteria to grow. But whether you're a despairing teenager or a grown-up with their first blemish, there are ways to stop this process in its tracks -- and prevent it from recurring. Find out how!