Many people battle with skin problems but none causes more anxiety and worry than facial break outs. There are many reasons why your face may decide to change geographical patterns but one of the most common causes is acne.

Acne is a skin condition that causes chronic, inflammatory spots and pimples. It usually causes breakouts mostly on the face, shoulders, back, neck, chest, and upper arms. It is likely the most common skin condition in the United States. It usually starts in puberty but can occur at any age.

Some common facts to know about acne include:

It is usually self-limiting and does not damage the skin. However, with persistent eruptions, acne can cause scarring of the skin which is more difficult to treat.

There are risk factors that determine who get acne and how severe the eruptions are. These include female sex, anxiety, stress, menstruation cycle, certain dietary problems, hot and humid climates and using oil-based makeup. Most people aggravate the problem by squeezing pimples. This should be avoided.

There are many options for treatment of acne including medications and minimally invasive aesthetics procedures. Treatment depends on the severity of the acne. Mild cases can be treated with over the counter soaps, creams and lotions. More severe cases will require consulting with a skin specialist.  Changing some dietary and lifestyle factors may greatly improve the condition.

Please talk to a professional today about your acne. You’ll be glad you did.

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