Acne affects between 40 and 50 million Americans and is the most common skin disorder in the United States. At some point 85% of the world’s population suffer from acne to some degree. The areas of the face, chest and back are most frequently affected. All cases of are not created equal, and neither are all treatments. Although all acne has its roots in the same process — hormonal fluctuations that stimulate oil production, not all is equally severe and not all cases of acne will respond to the same types of treatments.
- Overproduction of oils by enlarged oil glands in the skin
- Blockage of oil releasing hair follicles
- Growth of P.acnes, bacteria within hair follicles
Acne can take the form of pimples, deeper cysts or nodules, whiteheads and blackheads. Although it usually begins in puberty, adults in their 20s thru 50s can have varying degrees of this condition. Acne and the scars caused by it may have a negative impact on those who have it. For example social withdrawal, reduced employment opportunities, low self-esteem and self-confidence.