Acne

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Acne

Acne is a fairly common skin condition characterized by blemishes and spots. It’s most common among teenagers and young adults, but it can affect people of any age. The spots and blemishes are commonly called “pimples.” Acne is mostly caused by overactive oil glands that produce too much sebum. The sebum mixes with skin cells and clogs the pores. Bacteria can grow in clogged pores, causing inflammation.

 

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There are four main types of acne:

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  • Open and closed comedones (also called blackheads or whiteheads)
  • Inflamed pimples
  • Pus-filled cysts
  • Painful red lumps under the skin called nodules, sometimes with a dark center
  • Bruised nodules that look like a purple rash over the skin

Other possible signs and symptoms of acne can include:
  • Tenderness or itching around hair follicles
  • Red, swollen eyelids from clogged oil glands in your eyelids

Acne’s exact cause is unknown, but it’s thought to be caused by a combination of factors, including:

Heredity – you may be more likely to develop acne if your parents had the condition

Bacteria – Propionibacterium acnes, a type of bacteria, can cause inflammation and lead to acne breakouts

Hormones – changes in hormone levels can trigger acne breakouts, especially during puberty and adulthood

Exposure to certain chemicals – some cosmetics and hair products can aggravate acne

Stress – psychological stress can make acne worse

Preventing acne breakouts is important to keep from getting scars. If you have mild acne, over-the-counter products might be enough to treat the problem. Moderate or severe acne usually requires treatment with prescription medications, which can have side effects.

Although acne is not dangerous, if left untreated, it has the potential to cause permanent scarring on your skin. If you are worried about acne or acne scars make an appointment to speak to one of our experts at High Life Integrative Medicine about our acne treatments.

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