Acne is a common skin condition that affects most people at some point. It causes spots, oily skin and sometimes skinthat's hot or painful to touch.
Acne most commonly develops on the:
There are six main types of spot caused by acne:
The self-help techniques below may be useful:
Although acne can't be cured, it can be controlled with treatment. Several creams, lotions and gelsfor treating spots are available at pharmacies.
If you develop acne, it's a good idea to speak to your pharmacist for advice. Products containing a low concentration of benzoyl peroxide may be recommended but be careful, as this can bleach clothing.
If your acne is severe or appears on your chest and back,it may need to be treated withantibiotics or stronger creams that are onlyavailable on prescription.
Even mild cases of acne can cause distress. If your acne is making you feel very unhappy or you can't controlyour spotswith over-the-counter medication,see your GP.
Also see your GP if you develop nodules or cysts, as they need to be treated properly to avoid scarring.Try to resist the temptation to pick or squeeze the spots, as this can lead to permanent scarring.
Treatments can take up to three months to work, so don't expect results overnight. Once they do start to work, the results are usually good.
acnes, which becomes more aggressive and causes inflammation and pus.
The hormones also thicken the inner lining of the hair follicle, causing blockage of the pores (opening of the hair follicles). Cleaning the skin doesn't help to remove this blockage.
Acne is known to run in families. If both your mother and father had acne, it's likely that you'll also have acne.
Hormonal changes, such as those that occur during the menstrual cycle or pregnancy, can also lead to episodes of acne in women.
There's no evidence that diet, poor hygiene or sexual activity play a role in acne.
About 80% of people aged 11to 30are affected by acne.
Acne is most common in girls from the ages of 14to 17, and in boys from the ages of 16to 19.
Most people have acne on and off for several years before their symptoms start to improve as they get older. Acne often disappears when a person is in their mid-twenties.
In some cases, acne can continue into adult life. About5% ofwomen and 1% of men have acne over the age of 25.
Acne is a common skin condition that affects most people at some point. It causes spots, oily skin and sometimes skin that's hot or painful to touch.
Teenage acne is thought to be triggered by increased levels of a hormone called testosterone, which occurs during puberty.
Your GP will be able diagnosis acne by looking at your skin. This will involve examining your face, chest and back for the different types of spot.