Acne is skin condition more common in teenagers but can also affect adults.
Common symptoms are spots on the face, chest, and back.
Due to an increase in hormones during puberty, acne most commonly occurs during these years and tends to clear up by early twenties. Other causes include –
- Certain medications for example anabolic steroids, or particular anti-epileptic medication.
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can also cause acne.
- Scratching or picking at spots can worsen symptoms.
- Acne can also run in the family
Symptoms Of Acne
Blackheads and whiteheads – small raised bumps either black, white or yellow in colour.
Cysts, papules or nodules – these inflamed bumps result from bacterial infection of blackheads and whiteheads.
Benzoyl peroxide is the most common form of treatment for mild acne. If symptoms are more severe then the following methods of treatment can be considered –
- Topical Retinoids
- Azelaic Acid
- Topical Antibiotics
- Oral Antibiotics
- Hormonal Therapy can also be used in some cases
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