As an adult, you have the privilege of voting, legally drinking alcohol, and renting a car. And yet, you’re still battling chin acne like a teenager. Actually, acne isn’t just for sullen teens. About 80 percent of youths and adults between the ages of 11 and 30 suffer acne outbreaks; there are even some people in their forties and fifties unlucky enough to see spots. Chin acne especially targets adults, but you don’t have to suffer.

What Does Chin Acne Mean?

According to Doris Day, a board-certified dermatologist who specializes in laser, cosmetic and surgical dermatology, chin breakouts are usually the result of a hormonal pattern. “Sometimes it’s women who stopped taking hormonal contraceptives, or it sometimes develops after the teen years as an adult form of acne.”

Day, who specializes in the area of cosmetic dermatology, recommends going to a dermatologist to gain a better understanding of your specific skin type, and how it reacts. “A variety of treatments can work, including hormonal contraceptives, aldactone, and topical medications such as benzoyl peroxide, topical or oral antibiotics, and retinoids,” she says. Meeting with an expert ensures you get the right meds for your skin—otherwise treatment can be a guessing game that leads to further irritation.