What Is Acne?
Acne vulgaris is a disorder of the oil glands in the skin that results in comedones (blackheads and whiteheads), pustules, and cysts. It usually occurs on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders, and upper arms. Acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States, with nearly 85% of the population having acne at some point in their lives. Acne usually begins during puberty, but it can affect any age.
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What Causes Acne?
Causes of acne include heredity, hormones, and stress.
Treatment Options For Acne:
Treatment for acne aims to reduce oil production and increase the speed of skin cell turnover to prevent new blemishes from developing, and to reduce inflammation to help treat current symptoms. This can be done through a combination of topical treatment, antibiotics, isotretinoin or oral contraceptives. These treatment methods can take up to eight weeks before results are visible, and acne may get worse before getting better.