Acne is a common skin condition which occurs mostly in teenagers but is not restricted to any age group. It is often found on the face, but can also occur on the back, chest, and shoulders. Research links acne to rising hormone levels during puberty causing the oil glands in the skin to become larger and produce more oil. Openings in the skin’s surface become blocked allowing bacteria to grow and irritate the skin. Visible signs of acne include pimples or pustules with whiteheads or blackheads which may be surrounded by redness and inflammation. More severe acne may also include cysts and swollen, inflamed areas (abscesses). It is important to treat acne early in order to prevent scarring from these lesions.
Your Dermatologist will outline the appropriate combination of therapies for your condition. It is important that you continue your treatment regimen until the tendency for acne has passed or your Dermatologist recommends discontinuing therapy.