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Acne is a skin condition that causes pimples. These include white heads, black heads, papules, pustules, nobules, cysts and inflamed patches on the skin of your face, upper part of the chest or the back.
Acne occurs when tiny holes called pores on the surface of the skin become clogged. It is not dangerous but can leave skin scars.
Acne runs in families.
Acne is most common in teenagers – 3 out of 4 teenagers have acne and this is caused by hormonal changes that cause the skin to be oily.
In most cases acne appears at age 11 and disappears by age 25. Others may carry it on beyond their 40s.
Acne is worsened during menstrual cycle, stressful periods and hot or humid climate.
Treatment for acne includes;
Teenagers may be affected psychologically leading to depression in extreme cases. Their self-esteem may reduce due to social insecurity or even bullying. Early and aggressive treatment is important to lessen the long term impact.