Acne is a chronic condition transcending age, race, and gender. Although the cause of acne is unknown, hormones and stress are considered to be contributing factors, while heredity determines the severity of the condition. Contrary to popular belief, the disorder is not restricted to teenagers, nor is it caused by junk food, dirt or oily skin. Acne is defined as a disease of the sebaceous glands and hair follicles marked by the eruption of pimples and other acne related blemishes affecting the face, chest, and upper back. While not a life threatening condition, acne can lead to serious skin damage often resulting in permanent scarring.
Most people between the ages of 12 and 17 have experienced at least an occasional acne breakout. Although not curable, the occurrence of acne can usually be managed with nonprescription treatments. In some instances, however, it may be severe enough to require treatment by a physician as well as the use of prescription drugs. Normally, the condition lasts no longer that 10 years and disappears on its own. However, there are cases in which it persists, especially in women, and for some reason it doesn’t flare up until adulthood.
When treating acne, the ultimate goals are to heal existing breakouts, prevent scarring, restore a healthy appearance, and stop future breakouts from forming. Depending on the extent of the condition, some doctors may suggest combining oral and topical medications, acne facial treatments, and using a system of products that combine pore cleansing, acne fighting, and complexion-refining ingredients in a daily homecare regimen that can be used alone or in conjunction with Acne Facials.
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