Acne, also known as acne vulgaris, is a skin disease that occurs when hair follicles are clogged with dead skin cells and oil from the skin.It is characterized by blackheads or whiteheads, pimples, greasy skin, and possible scarring. It primarily affects areas of the skin with a relatively high number of oil glands, including the face, upper part of the chest, and back.
Acne is not dangerous, but can leave skin scars. Human skin has pores (tiny holes) which connect to oil glands located under the skin. The glands are connected to the pores via follicles – small canals. These glands produce Sebum, an oily liquid. The sebum carries dead skin cells through the follicles to the surface of the skin.
Not just teens have acne. A growing number of women have acne in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond. Dermatologists are not sure why this is happening. But dermatologists understand that adult acne can be particularly frustrating.
SIGNS OF ACNE:
Many people think that acne is just pimples. But a person who has acne can have any of these blemishes:
If acne scars bother you, effective treatment is available. Fractional laser and certain no ablative lasers have shown considerable success on more superficial acne scarring.