Acne is a skin condition, most common in teenagers, that occurs when hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells which become trapped within the hair follicle producing areas of scaly red skin, blackheads, whiteheads and pimples.
Acne is most common on the face, but can also occur on the neck, chest, back, shoulders, and upper arms. Well over 50% of teenagers experience Acne which is the time when testosterone is increasing in the body. Most people who experience Acne will notice it between the ages of 12-15. Acne will commonly begin disappearing between the age of 18-25.
Acne is not a health threat however severe acne can lead to permanent scarring. Diet is linked to the severity of Acne. For example cutting out dairy and refined sugar and increasing intake of fruits and vegetable can make a significant difference says Mike Walden, creator of Acne No More. Acne also has hereditary factors. Approximately 80% of cases of severe Acne can be traced to heredity.
Common medical treatments for Acne include:
- Antibiotics which kill bacteria that contribute to the cause of Acne.
- Topical treatments such as creams or lotions applied to the skin such as Proactiv or topical treatments with Benzoyl peroxide.
- Blue Light Acne Treatment
Acne blue light treatment is a relatively new method of treating acne that has been proven effective by the American Academy of Dermatology. Light Acne Therapy is usually administered using at home devices which is normally performed twice per day using blue or blue/red light. Effectiveness of treating acne using light therapy varies widely depending upon the type of acne and the individual. The effectiveness of Light Acne Treatment seems to be such that it is worth a try for treating acne at home.
Using light therapy for treating acne will be most effective if combined with other acne solutions. Keeping the areas affected with Acne clean to reduce oil buildup can help. Some Acne can be painful but the most stressful aspect of Acne in teens (the age group Acne is most common in) is changes of physical appearance in the face when fitting in and looking attractive is very important.
Types of Acne
Different types of Acne include:
- Nodules and Cysts.
- Back Acne (common with athletes who use anabolic steroids).
- Acne Conglobata.