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Acne Definition

Updated on May 7, 2010

What is Acne?

What is Acne?

Acne is a skin disease. It is caused by a clutter of the sebaceous follicles of the skin and it occurs mostly on the face, neck, and back.

A severe form of the acne is known as acne conglobata.

Acne also known as Acne vulgaris, occurs mostly in teenagers, and young adults but may also occur in elder adults. In acne rosacea, the capillaries in the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose are swollen with blood which gives it the red colour and this causes skin infection

The sebum, also known as puss of the follicles accumulates and combines with dirt. The follicles and surrounding tissue inflames which causes blackheads appear.

 When the follicle closes off, the puss or sebum is degraded by bacteria to forms a cyst.

Acne in adolescence or teens results primarily from hormone changes taking place in the body; the hormones accelerate sebum in the skin. Outbreaks cannot be prevented by a healthy diet and exercise; it is often mistaken as a sign of bad hygiene.

Cleanliness should be routine, however, to prevent more serious infections treatment must be sought after from a medical professional. Severe acne may be treated by antibiotics, acne creams, or vitamins.

 Severe acne in adults may be a sign of a skin disorder and a dermatologist must be seen to access the disease cause. 


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