What Causes Acne?
And More Importantly, How Do I Get Rid of It?
Acne comes in many forms, yet all are called “acne.” Acne lesions can be broadly split into “inflammatory acne”, which is pimples, cysts, and nodules (leading to scarring and brown spots), and “comedonal acne,” which is blackheads and whiteheads (open and closed comedones). Most forms of acne encompass both inflammatory and comedonal acne, however clinical presentations can range from limited comedonal acne (such as blackheads on the nose or chin) to widespread severe inflammatory acne leading to disfiguring scarring. Acne develops when pores in our skin become clogged with sebum, an oil in our skin. Our bodies make more sebum when our hormones surge. This is why puberty can often be the onset of acne. This is also why women often breakout before their periods. Since hormones fluctuate in the years leading up to menopause, many women in their 40s and 50s also get acne. Uncommonly acne can persist throughout adulthood, although for most people, acne improves with age.
Getting Rid of Acne *Thanks to advances in medicine, today, virtually every case of acne can be controlled. Treating acne can prevent additional breakouts and scars, as well as improve a person’s quality of life. People living with acne can suffer from low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression. Acne can even discourage people from pursuing certain careers or social activities. When acne is under control, a person’s confidence grows, and anxiety and depression diminish. There are 7 basic groupings of acne medications, although only 6 are available to men (hormonal regulators such as birth control pills are available for women only). Then get out there and start loving your skin!
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