Acne is commonly known as pimples.
It is a skin condition that frequently affects people during adolescence.
Acne predominantly affects the face, but it can also appear on the back, neck, shoulders, and chest.
Although it is more common in adolescents, it can also appear in adults.
Neither race nor gender are indicators of acne, as it affects men and women and all races equally.
The medical term for this is acne vulgaris. It can be diagnosed with lesions that form on the skin. These lesions can take many different forms: blackheads, whiteheads, and cysts. Cysts are formed when the pore is completely blocked.
Acne is more common during puberty because, at this point, your body is creating excess sebum. Tallow is an oily substance designed to keep hair and skin smooth and lubricated.
During puberty, sebum production increases significantly, which can make the skin appear oily and clog pores. During adolescence, there is also an increase in the production of follicular cells.
Dead follicular cells mixed with sebum can accumulate and cause pimples. This mixture of oil and dead cells is a breeding ground for bacteria, which will cause the swelling and redness associated with pimples.
Acne affects about 85% of all people, sometimes between 12 and 24 years old. About 25% of these people will have acne on their back and neck, as well as on their face.
The acne will be severe enough to cause about 40% of these people to seek medical treatment. Acne is more common on the face, especially on the forehead, nose, and chin.
The back is the next most common area of distress, followed by the neck, chest, and shoulders.
Most people will have overcome their acne problems by the age of twenty, but some people will continue to suffer from acne even as adults.
In some cases, people will not have acne problems until they are adults; this happens more often in men than in women. Acne can have severe emotional and psychological repercussions.
As it affects appearance, it also affects self-image and self-esteem. Teenagers are especially vulnerable to this attack on self-confidence and can even cause depression, in addition to feelings of anger and frustration.
Fortunately, today, many treatments can help with acne. The main thing that can be done to help prevent or relieve acne is to keep your skin as clean and oil-free as possible.
Washing the most common problem areas several times a day with soap and water, especially after any activity that triggers sweating is usually appropriate.
There are also many medications available over the counter and over the counter to help control acne. If the acne is severe enough, you can see a dermatologist.
They can prescribe skin medications as well as antibiotics to help fight bacteria. They can also offer advice on lifestyle and dietary changes that can help with the condition.