Sunday, March 30, 2008

What is Acne?

Acne is the termed for plugged pores. It is a disorder that causes outbreaks of skin lesions commonly called pimples. It is usually caused by the skin's oil gland that is causing excess sebum on your face. This oily substance cause your skin to clog and pimples occurs. Pimples can appear on your face, neck, back chest and shoulders.

Although acne is not health threathening but often it can cause people to feel inferior and complex about their skin. Severe acne can lead to permanent scarring.

Young people who reached the purberty age are likely to experience acne. Acne in young women normally start when there is a hormone change in them especially during menstrual cycle.

Some women who get older, acne become better.

What are the different types of acne?
-Comedo(plugged pores) which is whitehead or blackhead. The comedo is the most common problem. If the plugged pore stays under the skin, it is formed a closed comedo and that is normally a white bump or whitehead. Blackheads are comedos that open up and appear blackish on the surface of the skin. This black color is not due to dirt, but because the air reacts with the excess oil.
-Pustules or pimples. Pustules or pimples are acne lesions that contain pus and are red at the base.
-Nodules. These are more serious acne lesions. They are normally deeper in the skin and can be quite painful. Scarring can be easily formed.
-Cysts. Like nodules, these lesions are deep within in the skin, are painful, and are filled with pus, and can cause scarring.