What is Acne?
Acne is the term for the blocked pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that can appear typically on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms. Seventeen million Americans suffer, making it the most common skin disease in the country. While it affects mostly teenagers, and almost all teenagers have some form adults of any age can have it. These blemishes are not life-threatening, but they can cause physical disfigurement (scarring) and emotional distress.
What Causes Acne?
How to Prevent Acne
As stated above, there are many reasons for breakouts. Therefore, it cannot always be prevented, unfortunately. There are, however, ways to reduce your risk of breaking out. To help prevent breakouts, avoid the following
- Heavy or oily cosmetics
- Wearing makeup to bed
- Excess sun exposure
- Frequently touching your skin
We also encourage patients to avoid the tantalizing desire to pick at or pop these blemishes. Doing so can actually cause a worse infection to the pore and lead to more serious issues.