Adult and Teenage Acne
WHAT IS ACNE?
The sebaceous glands which is part of the hair follicle produces a sebum a natural lubricant for the skin. Due to many reasons the glands can become inflamed, increasing sebum production. With the help of bacteria and the build up of sebum the hair follicle becomes blocked resulting in the formation of whiteheads, blackheads and irritation of the skin.
WHO DOES ACNE AFFECT?
Acne can affect a huge section of the population but it is more prevalent in 92% of teenagers and 48% of adults
WHAT CAN CAUSE ACNE?
The onset of acne can be contributed by a number of factors - hormonal (increase in androgen), inadequate skincare, medication (antibiotics or contraceptive pill) stress, ill health and an inadequate diet. All of these causes the breakdown of the natural barrier function of the skin.
CAN ACNE BE CURED?
Acne cannot be cured but can be reduced dramatically depending on its severity and it can also be controlled.
Any change in the above contributors can increase the chance of re-occurrence.