(CNN) — Many people get acne as teenagers but did you know that adults can develop it as well?
Narva Norfleet didn't have acne as a teenager, but in her mid-30's she started to break out.
“I woke up and had this big bolder, like huge bumps I would go to the grocery store and do this. I would never look direct in your face because it was embarrassing,” Narva told CNN.
About 10-15 percent of adults develop acne at age 30 or older.
“Acne does not discriminate. We see it in men and women, we see if in dark and light,” dermatologist, Dr. Rutledge Forney explained.
Often the cause is something we've inherited.
Dr. Forney said, “More often than not it's just genetics. And i often say talk to your mom, talk to your dad. See if someone in the family didn't start breaking out when you were a little bit older.”
For women, other factors might be a change in hormones around menopause. Moving to another geographic location can affect some men and women, but doctors aren't sure why.
Dr. Forney told CNN, “Most people with adult acne, we can get clear with topical medications.”
These help with inflammation and help kill bacteria.
But some like Narva need to also take oral medications.
One that worked for her but shouldn't be used if you want to start a family, “It used to be called Accutane and it is a vitamin a derivative that often will give people the closest thing we have to a cure,” Dr. Forney said.
Narva’s acne is virtually gone and said she feels great again, “It gave me so much confidence.”