Acne and pimple treatments have come a long way in recent years, treating acne successfully is easier once it is better understood. Approximately 90% of all adolescents and 25% of all adults experience acne at some point in their lives.
Both the male and female get acne in fairly equal numbers. Younger males are more prone to severe, longer-lasting forms of the skin condition. Many females can suffer from “hormonal acne” — their outbreaks are tied to the hormonal changes related to their menstrual cycle. While hormonal acne typically starts between the ages of 20-25, it can strike teenagers as well. Hormonal acne is sometimes persistent in women over the age of 30.
Acne is a common, chronic skin condition caused by inflammation of oil-producing sebaceous glands. Acne problems usually begin between the ages of ten and thirteen and can persist for five to ten years. Acne and pimple breakouts are very common on the face, but can also occur on the neck, chest, back, shoulders, upper arms, and legs, as well as the scalp.
Unfortunately, it can be difficult to treat. Traditional therapies have a variety of side effects and sometimes require months to work, if they work at all. Topical creams and lotions have been known to cause redness and irritation. Oral antibiotics can cause stomach upset, light sensitivity and yeast infections in women, and recent studies indicate about 40% of skin bacteria have become resistant to antibiotics, making them a doubtful ally in the fight against skin breakouts. While hardly life threatening, acne can leave life-long emotional and physical scars — a reminder of the embarrassment and self-consciousness that comes with the pimples. Acne most commonly develops when skin cells don’t shed properly – the cells stick together and plug up the pores. We can assist you in this sensitive area and have you looking good and feeling even better in no time.