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Back to Health A to Z. Acne is a common skin condition that affects most people at some point. It causes spots, oily skin and sometimes skin that's hot or painful to touch. If you develop mild acneit's a good idea to speak to a pharmacist for advice. Products containing a low concentration of benzoyl peroxide may be recommended, but be careful as this can bleach clothing.
If your acne is severe or appears on your chest and back, it may need to be treated with antibiotics or stronger creams that are only available on prescription. If you have mild acnespeak to a pharmacist about medicines to treat it.
You should see a GP if you have moderate or severe acne or you develop nodules or cysts, as they need to be treated properly to avoid scarring. Try to resist the temptation to pick or squeeze the spots, as this can lead to permanent scarring.
Treatments can take up to 3 months to work, so do not expect overnight. Once they do start to work, the are usually good. Acne is most commonly linked to the changes in hormone levels during pubertybut can start at any age.
Certain hormones cause the grease-producing glands next to hair follicles in the skin to produce larger amounts of oil abnormal sebum. This abnormal sebum changes the activity of a usually harmless skin bacterium called P.
The hormones also thicken the inner lining of the hair follicle, causing blockage of the pores. Cleaning the skin does not help to remove this blockage. Acne is known to run in families. If both your mother and father had acne, it's likely that you'll also have acne. Hormonal changes, such as those that occur during the menstrual cycle or pregnancy, can also lead to episodes of acne in women.
Acne is very common in teenagers and younger adults. Most people have acne on and off for several years before their symptoms start to improve as they get older.
In some cases, acne can continue into adult life. last reviewed: 12 July Next review due: 12 JulyMid 20 s for attractive older woman
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