Acne

stock_1.jpgWho is at risk for developing acne?

While most major acne problems occur during adolescence, this condition can occur before and after the teenage years. While acne can affect males and females, males tend to have more severe, longer-lasting types of the condition, and many females will have frequent flare-ups of acne during hormonal shifts (such as their menstrual cycle). Minor acne often results in low self-esteem because it can mar the natural beauty of the facial features. In general, minor acne will come and go on its own, recurring more frequently between the ages of adolescence and tapering off in regularity thereafter. More extreme acne can lead to serious permanent scarring, which is the result of tissue injury. In some cases, acne can continually afflict a person later in life. 

What is acne?

Acne is the term used to describe blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, minor lumps or or any clogged pores that occur on the face or body. A pore becomes clogged when dead skin cells mix with sebum, or oil, that’s been produced by the skin. The skin cells adhere together and get stuck inside the pore. Also, bacteria that live on the surface of the skin can enter the clogged pore, where they multiply, causing an inflamed bump. This infection results in an acne cyst or pimple, which are usually red and swollen.