June is Acne Awareness Month – What is Acne?

For those who face acne, it may be an every-day occurrence or flare ups come and go. And, undoubtedly, you’d prefer for people to be less aware of your acne. So why focus on Acne Awareness Month? The answer is simple: to educate acne suffers about the symptoms, causes and treatments.
In June, we’ll share information weekly to help you combat acne and feel better about your skin!
It’s time to face the facts. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin condition in the U.S., affecting over 50 million Americans. Between the ages of 12-24, about 85% of teens and young adults face acne. But acne’s reach doesn’t stop there. Adult acne plagues about 20% of people in their 30s, 40s and even 50s. bacteria to grow. In adults, women are five times more likely to get acne.
What is acne?Skin’s natural oils combined with dead skin cells clog your pores, allowing bacteria to grow. When sebaceous glands produce too much oil in this environment, acne may rear its ugly head as pimples, nodules and cysts. Acne essentially is your body’s over-reaction to protect you from the bacteria with inflammation and zits.
What triggers acne?
Hormones—Teens and adults face hormone fluctuations, especially women during pregnancy, menstrual cycles and menopause.Genes—Acne tends to run in families. In fact, some studies suggest that up to 81% of acne sufferers are genetically predisposed to the condition.Prescription drugs— Certain drugs, including steroids, testosterone, hormone replacement therapy (menopause), lithium, anti-seizure, barbiturates, DHEA, or even cough medicines that contain bromides or iodides, can cause acne or acne-like symptoms.Stress—We know that too much stress isn’t good for our health, including acne. Higher stress levels in women can aggravate hormones that cause acne.Products— Many products that you put on your face have the potential to clog pores. Be careful of oil-based products with acne-prone skin.Sport-induced— Caused by heat, friction, and pressure against the skin, athletes may get acne, often from wearing sports gear like helmets, baseball caps or non-absorbent clothing as well as not showering after sports.
Next week, we’ll dive deeper into acne and treatment plans.
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