Putting It All Together: Acne

Here is a summary of the important facts and information related to acne.

  • Acne is a skin condition caused by overactive oil glands.
  • Acne usually occurs in people during their teen and young adult years.
  • High production of male hormones stimulate overproduction of oil.
  • Skin bacteria can contribute to the problem by reacting with the oil.
  • Whiteheadsblackheads and cysts will occur from pore blockage.
  • Early treatment of acne has a high success rate.
  • Topical creams of benzoyl peroxide, antibiotics, or retinoids are effective treatments for acne.
  • More severe acne cases require oral antibiotics or a synthetic (made from chemicals) vitamin A (essential for growth of healthy skin).

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