Acne is the most common type of skin condition that occurs when the body's immune system weakens. It is most widespread among older children, teenagers and young adult. Acne, which can occur from anywhere on the face, chest, neck, shoulders and upper arms, on the back, scalp and even on the legs.

The word acne comes from the word acme meaning "the highest point", which comes from the Greek akme meaning "point" or "spot" - it was originally mispelt, with an 'n' rather than an 'm' in 1835.

What is Acne?
Acne is a skin condition that occurs due to the overproduction of oil by the oil glands of the skin. The oil that normally lubricates the skin gets trapped in blocked oil ducts and results in what we know as pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads on the surface of skin. Sometimes it also includes deeper skin lesions that are called cysts.

For reasons no one completely understands, follicles, often called pores, sometimes get blocked. Sebum (oil) which normally drains to the surface gets blocked and bacteria begins to grow. Both whiteheads and blackheads start out as a microcomedone. The second picture is a microcomedone:

What causes Acne?
Acne happens when oil (sebaceous) glands come to life around puberty, stimulated by male hormones from the adrenal glands of both boys and girls. Here are some factors that don't usually cause acne, at least by themselves:
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  • Food
  • Dirt
  • Stress
  • Hormones
  • Cosmetics
In occasional patients,
the following may be contributing factors:
  • Pressure
  • Drugs
  • Occupations

Pink pimples ("neonatal acne") are often causedby exposure in the womb to maternal hormones.
Types of Acne:
Whiteheads, blackheads, papules,pustules, and cysts .

Focus of both home treatment and prescription therapy is to (1) unclog pores, (2) kill bacteria, and (3) minimize oil. But first a word about...
  • Lifestyle
  • Open the pores
  • Cleansing and skin care
    • Mild cleansers
    • Exfoliating cleansers and masques
    • Retinol
  • Kill the bacteria
    • Antibacterial cleansers.
    • Topical (external) applications
  • Reduce the oil

Acne is an incredibly complex and irritating skin condition that has plagued millions of people for centuries. There are a lot of ways to combat and remove acne. The key to beating acne is to find a treatment that works best for you. I hope reading this guide gives you hope and enables you to know how to get rid of acne and start to live an acne-free life.

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