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When hair follicles become blocked with oil and built-up dead skin cells, acne can form. This skin condition is common and affects a large percentage of the population. The greasy secretions from the body’s oil glands determine what type of acne appears. Though many believe acne is caused by poor hygiene, there are actually a number of contributing factors. A poor diet, hereditary patterns, biological hormones, exposure to dirt and pollution, or lack of a proper skin care routine can all play a part.
Various types of acne can affect the skin. You may notice closed, clogged pores (whiteheads) or open, clogged pores (blackheads). Small red bumps (papules) or pimples (pustules, which are papules with pus at the tip) can form in patches or breakouts. Beneath the surface of the skin, painful bumps — with or without pus — can disturb your natural skin texture and lead to discomfort and emotional distress.
Acne occurs most often in teenagers going through puberty, but it can affect people of any age. Signs and symptoms of this condition vary depending on your overall complexion and the severity of the case. If your skin starts to develop persistent swollen spots or bumps, acne may be forming. It doesn’t just appear on the face either. Acne can also emerge on the chest, shoulders, neck, back, arms, or legs.
Prevention & Care
Because everyone’s skin is different, skin care regimens to prevent and control acne depend greatly on your age, the type and severity of the acne, and how much time and money you are willing to invest. Not all acne can be prevented, but certain products and techniques may lessen its impact. An online doctor for acne may recommend treatments and medication to help control acne, avoid scarring and long-term damage to the skin, and reduce the visibility of existing scars.