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Recently , Skin Care and Skin- Related Problems have become topics that everyone in Society isinterested in , Females and males , Teenagers and even elderly . Dear Readers, on my blog, I’ve taken the responsibility to research ,write and talk to you about all the skin conditions that would be extremely useful for you to know about .

Today, We are going to discuss an Important and widely common Skin Condition that affects people of
all Age groups . ACNE - Known as Pimples .

What Is ACNE ? !

As A medical Term and According To the “ Mayo Clinic From A to Z Health Guide Book “ :It is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. It often causes whiteheads, blackheads or pimples, and usually appears on the face, forehead, chest, upper back and shoulders.

Acne is most common among teenagers “ during puberty, when the sebaceous glands activate” , though it affects people of all ages. At least 85 percent of people in the U.S. experience Acne between the ages of 12 and 24 years. It is not dangerous, but it can leave skin scars. Treatment depends on how severe and persistent acne is.

Symptoms :
Acne signs and symptoms vary depending on the severity of your condition: Whiteheads (closed clogged pores) Blackheads (open clogged pores) Small red, tender bumps (papules) Pimples (pustules), which are papules with pus at their tips Large, solid, painful lumps beneath the surface of the skin (nodules) Painful, pus-filled lumps beneath the surface of the skin (cystic lesions).

Causes and Misconceptions:

Four main factors cause acne: 1. Excess oil production 2. Hair follicles clogged by oil and dead skin cells
3. Bacteria 4. Excess activity of a type of hormone (androgens).
Factors that may worsen acne : 1. Hormonal Changes “ Androgens that increase in boys and girls during
Puberty” 2. Medications: Examples include drugs containing corticosteroids, testosterone or lithium. 3.
Diet. Studies indicate that certain dietary factors, including skim milk and carbohydrate-rich foods —
such as bread, bagels and chips — may worsen acne. 4. Emotional Stress 5. Menstruation . Here are some factors that don't usually play a role in acne: 1. Dirt: Blackheads are oxidized oil, not dirt. Sweat does not cause acne and is produced by entirely separate glands in the skin. On the other hand, excessive washing can dry and irritate the skin. 2. Greasy foods. Eating greasy food has little to no effect
on acne. Though working in a greasy area, such as a kitchen with fry vats, does because the oil can stick to the skin and block the hair follicles. This further irritates the skin or promotes acne. 3. Cosmetics. Cosmetics don't necessarily worsen acne, especially if you use oil-free makeup that doesn't clog pores (non comedogenic) and remove makeup regularly.

How To Manage ACNE ?!
You can reduce your acne by following these skin care tips from dermatologists :
1. Wash twice a day and after sweating.
2. Use your fingertips to apply a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser.
3. Be gentle with your skin. Use gentle products, such as those that are alcohol-free. Do not use
products that irritate your skin
4. Avoid the temptation to scrub your skin “ Scrubbing your skin can make acne worse.“
5. Rinse with lukewarm water
6. Shampoo regularly. If you have oily hair, shampoo daily.
7. Let your skin heal naturally.”If you pick, pop or squeeze your acne, your skin will take longer to
clear and you increase the risk of getting acne scars.”
8. Stay out of the sun and tanning beds.
9. Consult a dermatologist if: “ Your acne makes you shy or embarrassed. / The products you've tried have not worked. / Your acne is leaving scars or darkening your skin.”

Warning: Seek emergency medical help if : after using a skin product you experience: Faintness /Difficulty breathing/ Swelling of the eyes, face, lips or tongue /Tightness of the throat.

That’s It For Today’s Topic , Hope you find all those details about ACNE helpful and interesting . Until Next Time .

Dr. Rashid