What is Acne?
While acne is a common affliction among teenagers, it can happen to people of all ages, from infants to the elderly. It is a visually distressing and often painful skin condition characterized by pimples and cysts. In mild cases, acne can involve little more than a handful of pimples scattered around the body. In more extreme cases, the entire face, back or chest can become covered with cysts. If left untreated scars and discoloration may happen.
Causes and Treatments
Acne can occur in people of all races, ages and genders. Whether the cause is hormonal, stress, genetics, cosmetics, irritation, or environmental, the net effect is an inflamed and clogged hair follicle. Acne may just be a whitehead or a blackhead. When infected and inflamed, acne can be pustular, nodular and even cystic. While there are dozens of treatments available for acne, it might require something more powerful than a store-bought or homemade remedy to manage severe outbreaks. Aggressive treatment may minimize the risks of scarring and discoloration.