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Acne is an inherited skin condition most commonly found in teenagers, although many adults in their 30’s, 40’s, and even 50’s suffer from acne outbreaks. Acne affects approximately 80% of the population. Acne cysts, pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads can damage a person’s skin as well as their self-esteem. Acne can progressively worsen if untreated, so the best time to treat acne is at the first sign of an outbreak. Control and prevention is the goal when treating acne to stop acne before it worsens which can lead to scarring.
Why do we get acne?
Acne is not caused by dirt. Testosterone, a hormone which is present in both males and females, increases during puberty. It stimulates the oil glands of the skin to enlarge, produce oil, and plug the pores. Whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples are present in teenage acne.
In females, early acne occurs before the first menstrual period. When acne is severe and forms deep “pus-filled” lumps, it is called cystic acne. This may be more common in males. Adult acne develops later in life and may be related to hormones, childbirth, menopause, or stopping the pill.
Basic care for acne:
Knowing your skin type helps you understand what ingredients work well with your skin, and most importantly makes your daily skin care routine quick and easy. A daily skin care regimen does not have to be complicated. A gentle daily cleanser is recommended to remove dirt in the skin and to keep it clean and refreshed. Lastly, a good lotion or cream should be used to keep skin moist, helping to prevent fine lines and wrinkles that begin to develop as we age.