03/21/2012 09:07 am ET

Adult Acne Becoming More Common For Women, Says American Academy of Dermatology

We love science, if only because it produces great findings such as the health benefits of alcohol, coffee and chocolate (the most important scientific discoveries of our time, obviously).

But we're sort of bummed out by a most recent study: we're all getting more acne.


As Bellasugar reports, the American Academy of Dermatology recently wrapped up its 70th Annual Meeting in San Diego by releasing an interesting (read: horrifying) new study: "late-onset or adult-onset acne is becoming increasingly common in women in their 20s, 30s, 40s and even 50s."

Acne, Dr. Bethanee Jean Schlosser said, affects over 50 percent of women between the ages of 20-29 and over than 25 percent of women between the ages of 40-49. The same study also found that women are more affected by adult acne than men (the bastards).

And it's more than just the occasional zit:

45 percent of women aged 21-30 had clinical acne, 26 percent of women aged 31-40 had clinical acne, and 12 percent of women aged 41-50 had clinical acne.

So those pimples you've been noticing? Here to stay, unless you're genetically blessed or using "hormonal therapies" i.e. birth control to curb the breakouts. The same American Academy of Dermatology study found that "combination oral contraceptives" are an effective way to clear acne.

If you can get them, that is.