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What Causes Acne, Acne Treatments and Remedies

What is acne, what are causes of acne and how to treat them effectively?

Acne is perhaps one of the most common afflictions that affects mostly teenagers. But acne can also be found in some adults. It's a relatively harmless disease, although if left untreated it can cause some permanent acne scarring.

There are many causes of acne and acne myths - we discuss some of them on the ensuing pages. Likewise, there are many ways to prevent and treat acne, including laser treatment and topical products. We will also cover the subjects of acne cures and acne solutions on these pages.

  Acne Causes, Treatments and Products

Acne Laser Treatment

Learn what acne laser treatments are available today and how effective are they. These include micro dermabration and erbium acne treatment.

Acne Prevention Tips Four simple tips for acne prevention include: cleansing your skin, stopping zit popping, avoiding stress and wearing lose clothing.
Acne Scars Treatment Treating your acne means preventing scars. There are four types of scars: ice pick scars, boxcar scars, rolling scars and hypertrophic scars.
Acne vs Molluscum Contagiosum What is the difference between acne and molluscum contagiosum? We examine basic definition, risk factors, characteristics, diagnosis and treatment.
Adult Acne Condition How to cope with acne in adult years that, despite popular belief, can happen to adults, too. Learn about the causes and scars prevention.
Adult Acne Effects It might surprise you how many adults battle acne. There are both physical and psychological effects of having acne in adulhood.
Cause of Acne Breakouts The first step to understanding what is causing your acne is knowing your skin type and how to care for it, in order to treat the breakout.
Common Acne Myths We examine five acne myths and different pperceptions each of those myths cause. Help yourself avoid these common misconceptions about acne.
How to Treat Acne Scars The effects of acne can be long lasting, including scarring. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent and treat acne scars.
Over the Counter Products There are many products used for treating acne. Here is some information about over-the-counter products used in treatment of acne condition.
Topical Acne Products In addition to over-the-counter products, there are also topical products used for treating acne. These are prescribed for use by your doctor.

Acne and pimples

What is acne? Certainly, most of us know what it is, simply because we have had to experience acne at one time or another in our lives, in particular in our younger, teenage days. But, in case a definition is needed, here is a short one. Acne is a dermatological term that includes clogged pores, pimples and lumps or cysts that occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders, and upper arms.

Acne and pimples occur most commonly in teenagers, but are not limited to any age group, afflicting even adults in their forties, who often can find it hard to cope with it. This disease has many varieties, and although none are life threatening, the more severe cases of acne can be disfiguring, leaving permanent scars on effected areas. Treating acne is important to avoid potential long-term unsightly scars.

Five types of acne

Acne cause physical changes in body tissue, or lesions, known as:

  1. Comedos  
  2. Papule  
  3. Pustule  
  4. Nodule  
  5. Cyst  

These terms are also used to describe the severity of acne, with comedo being the mildest form (also known as blackheads and whiteheads), while nodules and cyst being the most severe form of acne. Acne treatment can deal with all these types of acne and pimples.

Acne is most common amongst teenagers between the ages of 12 and 17. Mild cases of acne or pimples are usually cleared with over-the-counter treatments and the acne tends to completely disappear by the early twenties. Both girls and boys get affected by the acne in equal proportions. But young men are more likely to have severe, long-term acne, while young women can have recurring acne well into adulthood, due to hormonal changes.

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