What is Acne?
Acne is a chronic inflammatory skin disease. It is characterized by blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and sometimes cysts. It is caused primarily by skin cells sticking together and clogging hair follicles. Hormones, bacteria, genetics and inflammation also play a large part in its formation. Acne is not caused by dirt or not washing your face, however it is best to wash daily with a mild soap or cleanser. Acne is generally formed on the face but can be on the back neck and chest as well.
Acne typically starts at puberty but may begin in 20 – 35 year old females who never had teenage acne. Control of acne is an ongoing process, sometimes requiring several medicines. Either a topical or oral medicine — possibly a combination — can be prescribed. Laser treatments are available to treat acne as well.