Acne

Overview

Acne is a common skin condition that afflicts most people, to a varying degree, during the teen years. However, the disease is by no means restricted to this age group; adults in their 20’s or 30’s may have acne. Don’t think that because acne is common, treatment is unnecessary. Waiting to “outgrow” acne can be a serious mistake. Medical treatment can improve your appearance and self esteem, and prevent the development of lifelong scars.

The Cause of Acne

Acne is actually caused by a combination of several factors:

  • Rising hormone levels during adolescence cause enlargement and over activity of the oil glands in the skin.
  • The canals that bring this oil to the surface become blocked with keratin (a protein that is part of the skin).
  • When these oil glands are overactive and the canals are blocked, the bacteria that normally live on the skin and in the oil become trapped. They subsequently multiply, and cause inflammation and irritation.

Treatment of Acne

Acne need not be feared as something untreatable. In recent years many effective forms of therapy have been developed. Dermatologists want to prevent scars that acne can leave. Years of untreated acne can leave a lifelong imprint on a person’s face and can have an effect on his or her self-image. While acne may not be curable, it is usually controllable.

Since acne has many forms, your dermatologist designs an individual approach to care for successful control. Thus, the course of therapy will vary according to such factors as type of acne, it’s severity and extent, and the patient’s day-to-day activities.

In addition to this conventional therapy, your dermatologist may recommend one or more treatments to speed healing and clearing of your acne.

Adapted from original source: AOCD

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