What is acne?
Acne is a skin condition characterized by whiteheads, blackheads, and inflamed red pimples. There are three factors that contribute to the formation of acne: overproduction of oil, irregular shedding of dead skin cells resulting in irritation of the hair follicles of your skin, and buildup of bacteria. Acne occurs when the pores of the skin become clogged with excess oil and dead skin cells. This plug may cause the follicle wall to bulge and produce a whitehead or the plug may open to the surface and may darken, causing a blackhead. Pimples are raised red spots with a white center that develop when blocked hair follicles become inflamed or infected. Acne commonly appears on the face, neck, chest, back and shoulders, which are the areas of your skin with the largest number of functional oil glands. While acne is most common in teenagers, it can happen at any age.
What are the symptoms?
Common symptoms of acne include whiteheads, blackheads, crusting of skin eruptions, cysts, inflammation around the skin eruptions, pustules, redness around the skin eruptions, and scarring of the skin.
What is the treatment?
Visit a Take Care Health Provider for evaluation of your acne. They can begin a course of treatment individualized for your condition and recommend follow-up care as necessary.