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Define Acne

by Apryl Beverly
  • Overview

    Define Acne
    Define Acne
    Acne is a disorder that causes oil buildup beneath the oil glands. The excess oil causes bacteria to multiply and inflame surrounding tissues which results in blemishes. According to MedicineNet, acne commonly appears on the face, chest and back and typically affects people ages 10 through 40.
  • Types

    Congested pores, whiteheads, blackheads, pimples/zits, pustules and boils are all forms of acne. Postules are caused by inflammation close to the skin's surface. Deeper inflammations can cause pimples, cysts or boils. Whiteheads can develop if oil reaches the skin's surface. Blackheads are caused by oxidation of that oil.
  • Causes

    Acne is caused by a combination of factors. Hormone changes such as those during pregnancy or adolescence play a role in acne. At times, drugs, occupations and pressure can produce acne.
  • Myths

    Several myths exist about acne causes. Food, dirty skin, stress, hormones and cosmetics do not cause acne. According to the National Institute of Health, stress does not cause acne, but can worsen it.
  • Home Remedies

    Unclogging pores, reducing oil and killing bacteria are three ways to treat acne. A variety of over-the-counter creams and ointments can assist with acne breakouts.
  • Physician Care

    Consult your physician if you are unable to control acne at home. Dermatologists prescribe a range of topical and oral antibiotics.

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