Acne Myths & Facts 1

Acne, commonly called pimples or zits is a localized skin inflammation resulting from over activity of oil glands at the base of hair follicles. It can occur at any age but is most commonly seen at puberty. Acne is the most common skin disease. Approximately 85 – 95% of our population has or has had pimples.

There have been many myths and misconceptions about acne. One of the keys to success in acne treatment is proper understanding the facts and active participation in therapy.

Myth: Acne is a problem of the teens only. Adults don’t get it.

Fact: Acne mostly affects teens, however it may also affect adults. There is family tendency to get acne. Because of that it is believed that acne may have a genetic background and it is a multifactor chronic illness where different external factors like cosmetics, drugs e.g. containing halogens (iodine, bromine) and hormones (anabolic, cortisone, contraceptive) may play a substantial role. Women are prone to acne as they have periodic (menstrual) and also pregnancy related hormonal fluctuations.

The adults acne could be ongoing teen acne or occupational acne connected to contact with and exposure to different substances like mineral oil and lubricants. Tis occuaptional acne affects mainly those parts of the body where dirty overalls (cloths) make contact with the skin e.g. thighs and shoulders.

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