Everyone gets the odd pimple in life. However, full-blown acne can impact self-esteem. Teens and adults alike should control acne to reduce the risk of permanent acne scars. Find out how to help treat and prevent acne.
Acne is a skin condition that appears in a number of forms, such as comedones (blackheads and whiteheads), papules, pustules, nodules and cysts. Acne is caused by excess sebum, an oily substance produced by the sebaceous glands. Sebum hydrates the skin and keeps it supple.
Acne most commonly appears on the face, back, chest and arms.
Several factors may make you more likely to develop acne:
Contrary to popular belief, no scientific studies have shown a link between acne and eating chocolate or fatty foods like french fries or potato chips. However, you should still adopt a healthy lifestyle and eat a balanced diet for overall health.
By avoiding acne triggers and adopting the following daily skin care routine, you can better control your acne.
Talk to your pharmacist for the most effective regimen if you are also using acne medication.
The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide complete information on the subject matter or to replace the advice of a health professional. This information does not constitute medical consultation, diagnosis or opinion and should not be interpreted as such. Please consult your health care provider if you have any questions about your health, medications or treatment.