What is Acne?

Acne is a very common skin condition among teenagers. Mostly involves the face, shoulders, upper chest and back though acne can occur anywhere in the body. Some people call it blackheads, blemishes, whiteheads or pimples.For most of the people acne starts during the teens as hormone changes make the skin oily. It can last for a few months, many years or come and goes in time to time. Mild acne usually causes only whiteheads and blackheads.At times these may develop into infection at the skin pore and appear as reddish papules. In severe cases there are too many pimples over a large area or without any remission. Cystic lesions are large and deep pimples which are often painful.The good news is there are effective treatments to control acne.

How does it occur?

Due to some hormonal, dietary and life style factors oil production from the oil glands in the skin is increased. The extra oil can clog pores and cause acne.

What increases the risk?

The tendency to develop acne runs in families. The risk of developing acne is increased during teenage and early adult life. Some women may have acne breakouts in relation to menstrual cycle.

Excessive and inappropriate use of moisturizers as well as excessive skin dryness due to use of some body sprays and harsh soaps can increase the risk. Experiencing lot of stress, sweating a lot and some medication can aggravate the condition.

It is not advisable to use home remedies and over the counter products as it can aggravate the condition. Also they can be harmful to your skin. Always take medical advice from a doctor before you use lotions and other preparations to avoid such unnecessary effects.

Keep your face clean but don’t scrub too hard or rub. Avoid touching your face a lot and don’t use harsh soap or face wash.