With the second piece from our series of dermatology blogs, take sixty seconds to find out how to manage your condition and keep your skin looking its best.
Acne is an inflammatory condition that occurs when hair follicle oil glands enlarge and become blocked. This causes white and black heads – spots. Bacteria multiply more easily in this environment and the body responds causing inflammation – redness and pain.
Acne usually happens on the oiliest areas – the face, shoulders, chest and back. The hormones of puberty stimulate the oil glands and once the process begins papules, pustules, nodules, and cysts can develop and rupture leading to scars.
Most teenagers get acne for several years, but it can persist well into adulthood and affects 5-10% of women by the time their 40. It can be embarrassing and affect your confidence, your social life, and even your sex life so taking control can have some huge benefits.