Countless teenagers have been made miserably by acne, but so have countless adults. Although acne typically strikes between the ages of eighteen and twenty four, it can occur at any age, and often does.
Acne is a disorder of the sebaceous glands in the skin. The sebaceous glans secrete a substance called sebum, a fatty lubricant that is secreted through pores and hair follicles, which are most abundant on the cafe and scalp. Acne occurs when the pores become clogged with sebum.
When sebum is exposed to oxygen, it turns black and forms blackheads, external plugs consisting of sebum and dead cells which may be attacked by bacteria, causing pus filled inflammations, or pimples. In contrast, whiteheads are pus filled skin inflammations that are nor necessarily acne related.
In teenagers, acne is typically caused by a hormonal imbalance, and the same is true for adults. Sufferers of adult acne often have higher than normal levels of male hormones, which can stimulate the production of sebum.
Salicylic acid, sulfur, and resorcinol are nonprescription lotions, creams, and gels that are used to cure acne. Although they can’t prevent new pimples, they can cause existing ones to dry and peel.
Stronger antibiotic solutions or lotions and oral antibiotics are available by prescription and can inhibit bacterial growth and decrease the number of inflamed pimples. In many cases, natural cures should help reduce the signs of acne but if they don’t, your doctor can tell you about other options.