Mine sure is. My 25th birthday is coming up in two weeks and I’ve had chronic acne since I was eleven. I’ve always been fortunate to have minimal scarring, but I was also hoping I was going to grow out of it someday. A new study from the American Academy of Dermatology showed that not only am I not out of the woods, a lot of smooth-skinned ladies might still have late-onset acne to look forward to. Lovely. 

I remember asking my mom a few years back, “So when is the acne supposed to stop?” And she replied, “It’s supposed to stop?” That was not the news I wanted to hear. Turns out we’re just among those who might be contending with acne for life. The up-to-date stats from the AAD are as follows:

50 percent of women between the ages of 20-29 have acne
Greater than 25 percent of women between the ages of 40-49 have acne
45 percent of women aged 21-30 have clinical acne
26 percent of women aged 31-40 have clinical acne
12 percent of women aged 41-50 have clinical acne

Clinical meaning it’s bad enough to require some sort of medical attention or treatment, i.e. not just a pimple here and there. Apparently, too, as women we’re more likely than men to get this adult-onset pimplage. Whee! Don’t we get all the fun stuff? Periods, acne, saddlebags.

Over the years I can tell my acne has changed. Teen acne is totally brutal. Eruptions just get worse and worse because you’re literally just fighting against a torrential flux of hormones and stress. Now my makeup can cover it all pretty seamlessly because my acne is pretty tame, but I would rather have porcelain skin with invisible pores. These statistics are pretty annoying, but hey, it’s like the “how’s that tattoo gonna look when you’re 80?” argument: at least we’re all in this together. [via HuffPost]

Did you have acne as a kid that cleared up? Or are you experiencing it the other way around? Do these statistics surprise you? What do you use to combat acne? (I could use some recommendations!)