Though it’s often portrayed as a scourge of the teen years, acne can affect people of all ages. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about 80 percent of people between the ages of 11 and 30 have outbreaks of the skin disorder at some point.
Although it is more common to first experience it during the teenage years due to hormones and all the changes puberty entails. Acne is not usually a serious health condition, but it can cause significant emotional distress, as well as permanent scarring of skin tissue.
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First of all, what is acne?
Clinically, acne is described as a disease of features known as pilosebaceous units (PSUs). Found just under the skin, PSUs are numerous on the face, upper back, and chest, and contain sebaceous glands that are connected to hair follicles. The sebaceous glands produce sebum, an oily substance that empties onto the skin via the hair follicle.
There are many misconceptions out there about how acne forms, as well as on how to treat the condition. Nowadays there are a variety of products to treat acne, but not all of them might fit your type of skin. Do not hesitate to talk to a health care professional about your treatment options.
Important facts about acne:
- There is no known way to prevent the development of acne.
- Acne is not caused by poor hygiene, sweating, or not washing. These factors do not cause the clogged pores that contribute to acne development. While medicated washes containing benzoyl peroxide, resorcinol, salicylic acid, and sulfur are one form of treatment for acne, simple soap and water does not treat the condition. Some opt for natural ingredients for healthy skin.
- Acne is not caused by diet. No scientific connection has been found between diet and acne. No food—not chocolate, fries, pizza, or any other food—has been shown to cause acne.
- Acne does not need to be allowed to run its course. The condition can be treated, there are prescription and over-the-counter products for it. If products you have tried haven’t worked, consider seeing a dermatologist. If your acne is too severe, perhaps laser treatments are a better option.
Types of Acne
Spurred by inflammation of skin glands and of tiny, narrow canals in the skin known as hair follicles, acne is marked by pimples and other lesions. It commonly appears on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders.
Every mark on the skin produced by acne is a type of lesion. The mildest cases of acne produce blackheads and whiteheads. (The color of these is determined by whether the plugged follicle remains open or closed. If it is closed, it is a whitehead.)