Acne

Acne Q & A

Symptoms of Acne can vary and depend on the severity and frequency of the condition. Whiteheads present as closed plugged pores. Blackheads can appear as open plugged pores. Small, tender bumps or papules; Pimpleswith pustules that are actually papules with pus at the tip; Large swollen solid lumps beneath the epidermis and painful, pus-filled lumps beneath the skins surface.

What is Acne?

Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. It often causes whiteheads, blackheads or pimples, and usually appears on the face, forehead, chest, upper back and shoulders. Acne is most common among teenagers, though it affects people of all ages. Effective treatments are available, but acne can be persistent. The pimples and bumps heal slowly, and when one begins to go away, others seem to crop up. Depending on its severity, acne can cause emotional distress and scar the skin. The earlier you start treatment, the lower your risk of such problems.

What causes Acne?

Although the cause of acne is still unknown there are a few factors including Excess oil production; Clogged hair follicles with dead skin cells; Bacteria; and Excess activity of androgen hormones. Certain acne may be associated with sebaceous glands working more than necessary, and a bacterium called P. acne. Often, this dirt and oil mixture creates an environment for bacteria to grow and the lesion to become inflamed, causing a cyst to appear. Inflammatory cystic acne requires medical treatment to prevent scarring. Hormones and carbohydrates have been associated with acne flairs as well but are not the actual causes of acne only contributing factors. There are plenty of subtypes of Acne that can have specific triggers, but a dirty face does not cause acne. Also, we can control acne but there is no known cure. Another aggravating fact is acne is not just for teenagers but 20 percent of adults suffer with acne.

Is there a difference between Acne and Pimples?

Pimples are commonly confused as another name to describe Acne, but they are in fact another form of acne. Once a pore becomes inflamed it is called a pimple; these typically develop after whiteheads become infected.

What is the best treatment for Acne?

The most common topical treatments prescribed your physician include Retinoids, antibiotics, salicylic acid, and sometimes even steroids. Microneedling with stem cytokines has become an increasingly popular and very effective method of resolving acne and acne scarring.

How do you clear up Acne?

Everyone should wash their face twice daily (whether or note you have acne)

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