Plagued by Acne

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Rickey Lyssy
Jul 31, 2008

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Acne is a skin disorder that affects millions of Americans
each year. Because of this, most people are interested in
finding out what acne is and how to treat it. Acne is a
result of increased hormones overproducing the amount of
sebum, or oil that is released through pores. When the
increased amount of oil begins to make its way to the
surface it clogs up the pore and then bacteria and dead skin
cells form a pimple or lesion on the face. There are more
pores on your face, neck, shoulders and back so these areas
are more prone to developing acne. Acne is not a fatal
disorder, but it can leave some pretty ugly scarring,
disfigurement, and cause embarrassment for individuals with
the disorder.

Doctors are not exactly sure what causes acne, although
changes in hormones do affect the onset of acne. For
instance, individuals in puberty have increased hormones,
pregnant women, and women who start or stop birth control
pills. The change in hormones affects the way the pores on
the face secrete sebum, which can cause acne. Also, acne may
be hereditary because in many studies of individuals with
acne other family members in previous generations also were
plagued with the disorder. Regardless, acne is an annoyance
to many.

Unfortunately, although doctors and researchers have been
working for a long time to pinpoint exactly what causes
acne, they have not been able to pinpoint an exact cause and
resulting treatment. However, they have uncovered that rise
in hormone levels affects the amount of sebum secreted
through pores and the way it ultimately interacts with the
skin on the surface. Although every individual experiences a
time of increased hormone levels, not all people develop
acne or the case is mild to severe. So, considering the wide
range of reactions of acne doctors and researchers have come
to a conclusion that acne affects different people
differently and it might actually be hereditary as well. In
studies of acne most individuals with the skin disorder also
had other people in their family with current or past acne
problems.

Also, most people have an idea that certain things cause
acne and by avoiding them you will not have to worry about
developing acne. For instance, there is a myth that eating
greasy foods or chocolate will cause you to develop acne,
which is completely untrue. In fact, doctors and researchers
have pretty much eliminated food as a trigger for acne.

Another myth is that increased stress levels will cause your
face to react with acne. Fortunately, this is untrue as
well. Acne is simply a skin disorder related to increased
hormone levels and the ultimate reaction of sebum, hormones,
and the individuals skin.

It is also important to keep in
mind that an individuals age or race does not determine
whether he or she will develop acne. Anyone of any age or
race can develop acne, and do. Individuals are
more prone to acne during their puberty years when hormone
levels are higher as well as women on birth control pills or
who are pregnant.

Dermatologists treat acne in a variety of ways, and
generally work on a case by case basis. Most of the time
medicated ointments and creams are prescribed to treat the
acne on the surface of the skin and sometimes oral
medications are prescribed as well. The dermatologist will
make a decision as to what to prescribe based on your
particular case.

Rickey Lyssy is a writer for
Lowr Acne, a place to find acne links,
resources and articles.



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