So you’ve got acne? Or know someone that does? Or just want to know what acne is and why this is happening to me?
These are questions I’ve been asked so many times in my 35+ year career as an esthetician, I feel as if I need to write about what it is.
Simply stated: acne is oil, dead skin, and bacteria. It is estimated that is 85% of people from the ages of 12 through 25 will experience breakouts of some type and acne.
Acne affects women much more than men and usually appears on the forehead and face, and can move down to our chest, upper back, and even shoulders.
It is not uncommon to hear; “I have not had a problem until now.”
There are many factors that can trigger acne:
Acne symptoms can be non-inflamed in which the hair follicles become clogged and blocked with oil secretions and dead skin cells.
They can look like:
If the clogged pores become infected with bacteria, inflammation results in nodules and cystic lesions (large solid painful lumps).
These are questions I ask my clients when they complain or are concerned about acne:
Acne can cause scaring and emotional unhappiness. The sooner you begin treatment, the lower your risk of problems can be and the quicker these outbreaks can be brought under control.
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