Condition Description | Condition Treatment

Acne can be distressing and annoyingly persistent.  Acne typically appears on your face, neck, chest, back and shoulders where you have the largest number of functional oil glands. Lesions heal slowly and, just as one begins to resolve, others seem to crop up.  Although teenagers most commonly develop Acne due to changes in hormones, people of all ages can get Acne. Some adult women experience Acne due to hormonal changes, their menstrual cycles, stress or starting and stopping birth control pills. Depending on its severity, Acne can cause emotional distress and lead to scarring of the skin. The good news is that effective treatments are available, and the earlier treatment is started, the lower your risk of lasting physical and emotional damage.

Contrary to what some people think, greasy foods and chocolate have little effect on acne. Studies are ongoing to determine whether other dietary factors — including high-starch foods, such as bread, bagels and chips, which increase blood sugar — may play a role in Acne.  Acne isn’t caused by dirt. In fact, scrubbing the skin too hard or cleansing with harsh soaps or chemicals irritates the skin and can make acne worse. Simple cleansing of the skin to remove excess oil and dead skin cells is all that’s required.

Risk Factors:

  • Hormonal changes in teenagers
  • Women and teenage girls, two to seven days before their periods and pregnant women
  • People using certain medications, including cortisone
  • Direct skin exposure to greasy or oily substances, or to certain cosmetics applied directly to the skin
  • A family history of Acne — if your parents had Acne, you’re likely to develop it too
  • Friction or pressure on your skin caused by various items, such as telephones or cell phones, helmets, shoulder pads and chin straps In football, backpacks

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