Acne is a skin condition that occurs when hair follicles become plugged with excess oil and dead skin cells. Hair follicles are connected to sebaceous glands, which produce and secret an oily substance known as sebum. Sebum lubricates your skin and hair. When your body produces too much sebum and/or an excessive amount of dead skin cells accumulate, hair follicles can become clogged with a soft plug. This can create an opportunity for bacteria to grow and thrive. Acne most commonly appears on the face, neck, chest, back and shoulders, which are the areas of the skin with the largest number of functional oil glands.
Acne can result in a number or non-inflammatory and inflammatory lesions such as whiteheads, blackheads, pimples or deeper inflammatory lesions, which include papules and pustules.
Acne is most common during adolescence but can occur in adults as well.
Contributing Factors to the Formation of Acne
• Overproduction of oil
• Irregular shedding of dead skin cells
• Build-up of bacteria
• Hormonal change (especially in pubescent children, woman who are pregnant or menopausal)
• Medication (certain drugs, especially those containing corticosteroids, androgens and lithium)
• Diet (triggers may include dairy products and foods high in carbohydrates)
• Family history of acne
• Friction (pressure on the skin caused by helmets, backpacks, cellphones, etc.)
• Stress (although not the cause, it can make an existing outbreak worse)
• Direct contact with oily substances (such as cosmetics)
Do You Have Acne? Do Your Children Have Acne?
Acne can be disfiguring, demoralizing and frustrating and can have lasting consequences in how you feel about yourself. Left untreated- or improperly managed- it can leave scars.
People will often go to their drug store and get treatment advice from the person behind the counter who’s selling products. But what Sante Medical can do for acne is much more than these over-the-counter products- especially if you have really problematic acne outbreaks- as our acne treatment solutions are much more than just benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid.