What is Acne?
The word “acne” is a medical term for clogged pores (blackheads & whiteheads), pimples, and even deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that occur on the face, neck, chest, back shoulders, and also on the upper arms.
Acne is most often associated with teenagers, but is not restricted to a specific age group. It can occur in most adults and studies show that the percentage of adults with acne is rising.
There are four contributing factors to acne:
- Sebaceous Follicle (houses the oil-producing glands and hair follicles, where pimples form)
- Cell Proliferation (retention of dead skin cells)
- Sebaceous Gland & Sebum (cause blackheads & whiteheads)
Acne can be both upsetting and disfiguring. Severe acne can lead to serious and permanent scarring. While acne is not life threatening by any means, it should still be properly treated by an Aesthetician, or Dermatologist.
We have more information on the way in our following segments addressing acne statistics, triggers, and medical options for acne treatment.