A 2018 review of studies in the journal Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology reported a significant increase in adult acne (which overwhelmingly occurs in women), though there is little consensus yet as to just how precipitous the rise is.

Whitney Bowe, a dermatologist in New York and a member of the American Academy of Dermatology’s acne working group, used the term “epidemic proportions.”

Not surprisingly, beauty companies have taken notice, introducing blemish products designed for grown-ups.

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