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What Is Acne and Who Gets It?

Jul 18, 2008
When pores get blocked, and bacteria forms inside them, the result is the skin disease Acne. It affects almost everyone at some stage, particularly teens, and comes in a variety of forms. Sometimes, and inflamed, red bump forms, and can be painful, even the painless white pimples are unsightly.

Pores are in the skin surface, but in the pores are glands that produce natural oil called sebum. This sebum is what helps keep the skin protected and flexible. The secretion process is interrupted when the pores close, and this is when bacteria forms, resulting in acne.

Sometimes white pimples form, this is a combination of bacteria, white blood cells and dead skin cells. The area around it becomes red and inflamed; this is caused by pus trapped inside. Pustule, more commonly referred to as pus, a type of acne, happens when the follicle wall bursts and as part of the healing process white blood cells rush in.

While it's good to know what acne is, being able to treat it is the most important thing, we next look at who gets acne.

Who Gets Acne? In short, almost everybody at some stage.

The development of acne usually starts at the average age of puberty, which is typically in girls aged 11 and boys aged 13.

It is more often that males get acne, mostly because they produce more of the androgen hormone than females do, so their cases are mostly more severe.

Young or even mature adults can get acne, women more often than men.

It is quite common to get acne on other parts of your body, like back and neck areas, in fact, it occurs in one quarter of people that are affected.

Through studies it has been proven that the occurrence of acne has been affected by the monthly hormonal cycle of women. Of women aged 20-32 the occurrence of premenstrual related acne affected almost 44% of women. Further studies have also shown that the effect of the menstrual cycle on acne is much higher in women aged 33 and older.

Acne can appear when you are 50 or older, and can often be related to taking certain drugs, the point is, it can occur at any age. It does not just occur in teens and can be cause by various things.
About the Author
Marcel Stephenson's amazing Free Acne Guide shows you exactly how to clear your skin fast and effective. To find out more on how to live an acne free life go to http://www.acnefree.4smartsurfers.com
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