What is Acne?
Acne is a common and frustrating skin ailment that usually affects adolescents or teenagers. It occurs when hair follicles get clogged with oil and dead skin cells. Acne triggers on face, and then may also spread to the upper part of the chest, upper arms, back and bottom.
Some people may experience the severe form of this disorder a little later than adolescence and in some rare cases it may continue up the age of forty. Acne can be very distressing and annoying due to their persistent nature and cause emotional distress to the victims. If not treated properly, they cause visible scars and blemishes on affected skin.
What are the symptoms of this condition?
Acne typically surface on those parts of the skin that have the biggest number of functional oil glands – these include face, neck, upper chest, back and shoulders. They may be in form of inflammatory of non-inflammatory lesions. Signs and symptoms include:
Acne occur when the over activity of sebaceous glands causes them to produce more than normal amounts of sebum (oil). The extra sebum can block follicles and cause the growth of bacteria.
Hormones that are activated during puberty trigger sebaceous glands to produce more sebum. Androgens, the male hormones have stronger effects on oil glands. Hormones in certain birth control pills may also cause acne flare-ups. Menstrual cycle can trigger the growth of acne in women. Tendency to get acne may also run in the family.
Overuse of cosmetics, friction from clothes and exposure of skin to extreme temperatures can become another cause of acne.
Am I at risk of developing acne?
It is chiefly because of hormonal changes that acne occur and get aggravated. However, the people who are at stronger risk of developing this skin problem include:
The aim of acne treatment is to reduce skin oil production, increase the rate of skin cell turnover, fight infection caused by bacteria, and reduce skin inflammation. There are lotions that can be applied directly to skin and some oral medicines including antibiotics are recommended by doctors. We have a range of quality products to help you get rid of acne and then proceed with the treatment for scars left by acne. These include: