Often associated with adolescents, acne is one of the most common skin complaints and can affect people of all ages.
Acne is the term used to describe pimples, cysts, blackheads and /or whiteheads, usually found on the face, neck and back, although it can be found in other areas too.
Acne often begins at the time of puberty when overactive sebaceous glands produce sebum, which can lead to clogged pores, inflammation, redness and, in some cases, swelling. Acne typically lasts 5-10 years but can continue through adulthood. Newborn babies occasionally develop acne as well, although it usually lasts only a matter of weeks or months before passing.
Acne in adults, in fact, is not uncommon, and studies suggest three-quarters of all cases of adult acne occur in women. Flare-ups often occur before menstrual periods or during pregnancy or menopause, when hormones levels are altered.
Genetics strongly determine your likelihood of being affected by acne. If either or both parents had acne, there is a higher chance of you developing it as well.
Treating acne early and appropriately is key to keeping the condition from worsening and possibly resulting in permanent acne scarring. Acne can often be treated with over-the-counter medications, but if your acne is severe, stubborn or widespread, we recommend a more pro-active approach.