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What is Acne?

Acne is one of the most common skin condition that affects people of all ages, from infancy up to adulthood. It appears as blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and other blemishes on the face, neck, shoulders, chest, and back. Acne symptoms can range from mild to severe and can cause distress, embarrassment, and, in some cases, permanent scarring.

What Causes Acne?

Acne can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

    • Hormone fluctuations during puberty or pregnancy

 

    • Excessive production of oil (sebum) by the skin

 

    • Bacteria on the skin

 

    • Certain medications and treatments

 

    • Stress

 

    • Poor hygiene

 

    • Certain cosmetic products

 

How to Treat Acne?

Fortunately, there are several effective treatments for acne:

    • Topical creams and ointments that contain benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and salicylic acid

 

    • Prescription oral medications such as antibiotics, hormones, and isotretinoin

 

    • Facial treatments, such as chemical peels, dermabrasion, and laser therapy

 

    • Light therapy

 

Tips for Prevention

To help prevent or reduce acne breakouts, follow these tips:

    • Wash your face twice a day with a mild cleanser

 

    • Avoid picking or squeezing blemishes

 

    • Use oil-free, non-comedogenic products on your face and body

 

    • Avoid harsh soaps and facial scrubs

 

    • Eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water

 

    • Exercise regularly

 

    • Manage stress

 

Acne can be a difficult condition to live with, but with proper treatment and prevention it can be managed. If you are experiencing symptoms of acne, talk to your doctor about the best course of action for you.

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