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   What Is Ao1e?                                  Acne affects young men and young                                                    I
   Acne is a condition of the skin that                                                                                               i
                                              women about equally, but there are
shows up as various types of bumps            differences. Young men are more likely
including whiteheads, blackheads,
pimples, and even deeper lumps (cysts
or nodules) that occur on the face, neck,
                                              than young women to have more severe,
                                              longer-lasting forms of acne. Despite
                                              this fact, young men are less likely than
chest, back, shoulders and even the           young women to visit a physician for
upper arms. Acne is caused by blocked         their acne. In contrast, young women
pores in the skin. The pores of your          are more likely to have intermittent acne
skin contain oil glands, which lubricate      due to hormonal changes associated with
your hair and skin. Sometimes a pore          their menstrual cycle and acne caused
may become "clogged" with too much            by cosmetics. These kinds of acne may
oil, dead skin cells, and even bacteria,      afflict young women well into adulthood.
causmg acne.                                                                               (nonprescription) topical anti-acne
    More than 17 million Americans               Top 5                                     medication, you may want to talk to a
have acne. Acne affects most teenagers            1. Don't Pick! Do not squeeze or pick    doctor for additional help.
to some extent. However, the disease is       at the acne lesion. This can spread the
not restricted to any age group: adults in    inflammatory process and worsen the
their 20s -    even into their 40s- can       acne.                                           Let's clear up some common myths
get acne. While not a life-threatening
condition, acne can be upsetting and
disfiguring. When severe, acne can lead
                                                  2. Gentle Cleansing. Wash your face
                                              gently with warm water and mild soap
                                              twice a day, including after exercising/
                                                                                           about acne -
                                                                                           in the process!
                                                                                                          and maybe even your skin

                                                                                               Myth #1: "Acne is caused by poor
to serious and permanent scarring.            excessive sweating. Just pat your face       hygiene." If you believe this myth,
                                              dry and do not rub it with a towel. Use      and wash your skin vigorously and
              Gets ACl1e?                     a topical (applied to the skin) over-        frequently, you can actually make
    Close to 100 percent of people            the-counter acne treatment, containing       your acne worse. The best approach to
between the ages of 12 and 17 have at         benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, on the   hygiene and acne: Gently wash your face
least an occasional whitehead, blackhead      acne lesions.                                twice a day with a mild soap, pat dry-
or pimple, regardless of race or ethnicity.      3. Think Non-comedogenic. Use             and use an appropriate acne treatment
Many of these young people are able to        only "non-comedogenic" (oil-free/water-      for the acne.
manage their acne with over-the-counter       based) skin products that do not clog           Myth #2: "Acne is caused by diee'
(nonprescription) treatments. However,        pores.                                       Extensive scientific studies have not
for some people, acne is more serious.           4. Avoid Acne Irritants. Avoid oil-       found a connection between diet and
In fact, by their mid-teens, more than 40     based products, including moisturizers       acne. In other words, food does not
percent of adolescents have acne severe                                                    cause acne. Not chocolate. Not french
                                              and hair gels or sprays, airborne grease
enough to require some treatment by a         from fast-food restaurants, rubbing or       fries. Not pizza.
physician.                                    friction from sporting equipment, etc.           Myth #3: "Acne is caused by stress:'
    In most cases, acne starts between the    Avoid touching your face with your           The ordinary stress of day-to-day living
ages of 10 and 13 and usually lasts for       hands or fingers.                            is not an important factor in acne.
five to 10 years. It normally goes away           5. Be Patient. Give anti-acne                Myth #4: "Acne is just a cosmetic
on its own, sometime in the early 20s.        treatments time to clear up the lesions.     disease." Yes,acne does affect the way
However, acne can persist into the late       This can mean several weeks or even          people look and is not otherwise a
20s or 30s or even beyond. Some people        months. If your acne does not clear          serious threat to a person's physical
get acne for the first time as adults.        with a consistent regimen of gentle          health. However, acne can result in
     Do you suffering on acnes? Romove it now!cleansing and an over-the-counter            permanent physical scars - plus, acne
                             Do you suffering on acnes? Romove it now!
     itself as well as its scars can affect the
     way people feel about themselves.
        Myth #5: "You just have to let acne
     run its course:' The truth is acne can
     be cleared up. If the acne products you
     have tried haven't worked, consult a
     physician. With the products available
     today, there is no reason why SOpleone
     has to endure acne or get acne scars.
        Acne Scars
        Once the active acne lesions have
     subsided, some people continue to
     battle the long-lasting scars of acne.
     Scars may form at the site of skin injury
     from an acne lesion. It is difficult to
     predict who will scar, how extensive or
     deep scars will be, and how long scars
     will persist. The only way to prevent or
     limit the extent of acne scarring is to
     effectively treat acne early in its course.
         Treatment of acne scars should
     be done under the supervision of
     a physician who can perform any
     one of the many options. Treatment
     options range from materials that fill
     in the indented scar to procedures that
     resurface the texture of the skin, such
     as dermabrasion or laser resurfacing.
     There are also surgical procedures that
     can be performed to minimize the
     appearance of scars. Your physician can
     consult with you to determine the best
     option for treatment of acne scars.
         With the tips presented in this
     article, you have the knowledge to help
     better treat acne. Please consult a doctor
     with further questions.
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