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Almost everyone will have some form of acne in their lives. Most people
get acne during their teenage years, associated with the massive hormone
changes that occur during puberty. It is equally common to men and women,
and usually outbreaks occur on the face. However, acne can strike at any
stage in adult life, and outbreaks can appear not only on the face, but
on the back, neck, arms and legs.

The good news is that the situation regarding acne and acne skin care is
by no means hopeless. Acne treatment exists. And while it might not be
realistic to expect some sort of magical acne cure, there are ways to
effectively tackle the problem.


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acne skin care, adult acne, infant acne, acne cure, cause of acne,
pimples, zits, acne treatment


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What causes this condition that seems to chip away at the very
foundations of self esteem with an almost malevolent intent? The myth is
that once teenagers cross the threshold from adolescence into adulthood,
the anguish caused by acne will be permanently left behind. The reality
is that there is no guarantee that adulthood will offer the safe, acne-
free haven that so many teens long for. Statistics indicate that 25% of
the male population is plagued at some point by adult acne, while 50% of
females will similarly find themselves contending with the condition as
adults.

It seems that no one is exempt. Infant acne can appear on the faces
babies who are only three or four weeks old, or even on the faces of
newborns. Since so many are afflicted - adult and child alike - there's
an obvious need for real information on acne skin care that cuts through
all the myths and separates fact from fiction.

Let’s begin at the beginning.

Sebum is the natural oil produced by the skin's sebaceous glands. For
reasons that aren't fully understood, the pores of the skin can become
plugged with sebum, and once plugged, bacteria and dead cells can become
trapped in the pores, resulting in the lesions common to acne. Acne can
be defined as a condition describing blocked skin pores that result in
lesions.

The most common lesions are called comedones. There are two basic
varieties of comedones: ‘white heads’ and ‘black heads’. A white head is
an occluded pore that has begun to bulge outward from the skin due to
dead skin cells, bacteria, and other contaminants that have become
trapped inside. This bulging dome shape often assumes a white appearance.
Black heads are simply comedones that have opened, exposing the dark
follicle mass inside. Acne comedones are often referred to colloquially
as "zits" or "pimples."

Microcomedones are a less common form of acne lesion, sometimes referred
to as papules. These are basically small comedones that form from
localized cellular reactions to the processes that cause acne. They
usually occur in clusters and are sometimes too small to see. They can
be felt as a series of little bumps along the skin surface.

In more severe forms of acne, cysts, pustules and nodules and can form.

A pustule is like a normal comedone, but larger due to a higher amount of
dead white cells, or pus, trapped inside the plugged sebaceous follicle.

Nodules are a more severe form of papules, extending deeper into the skin
tissue and resulting in large raised legions that are usually inflamed
and painful to touch.

Finally, cysts are very large fluid filled sacs that can result from
pustules or nodules.

Though none of these forms of acne are dangerous or life threatening,
they can leave scars and are sometimes very disfiguring.

What causes acne? This is a question that scientists and doctors still
haven’t been able to completely agree upon. Today, most theories seem to
point to a combination of factors that include genetics, hormone changes,
and stress. For years it was thought that diet was a strong component to
acne, but most evidence today suggests that hormones and stress are more
likely to be the culprits.

Almost everyone will have some form of acne in their lives. Most people
suffer from outbreaks of acne during their teenage years. These
outbreaks are associated with hormone changes that occur during puberty.
It is equally common to men and women, and usually outbreaks appear on
the face. However, acne can strike at any stage in adult life, and
outbreaks can appear not only on the face, but on the back, neck, arms
and legs.

The good news is that the situation regarding acne and acne skin care is
by no means hopeless. Acne treatment exists. And while it might not be
realistic to expect some sort of magical acne cure, there are ways to
effectively tackle the problem. Once you can find easy to implement acne
tips and information at websites like www.acneskincareatoz.com, there's a
good possibility you'll be able to minimize your breakouts or avoid them
altogether.

				
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