Acne

More than 90 percent of American teenagers and young adults deal with acne, with the peak age being 17 to 18 for women and 19 to 20 for men. Acne is generally associated with teenagers, but this skin concern doesn’t necessarily disappear once you reach adulthood.

Acne is an extremely common skin condition that develops when hair follicles on the face become clogged with dead skin cells and oil.

Causes and Triggers of Acne

Besides your face, acne can appear on your upper back, shoulders, chest, and forehead. The reason acne strikes in these areas is that they have the most sebaceous glands, also known as oil glands, than other parts of the body. Hair follicles and oil glands remain permanently connected. Bacteria and inflammation present in the body can also lead to an acne outbreak, as can the following factors:

  • Certain medications: Drugs that contain lithium, testosterone, or corticosteroids can trigger acne.
  • Diet: Foods high in carbohydrates, including bagels, bread, and chips, can make existing acne worse. However, dermatologists have not yet concluded that following a specific diet can significantly decrease acne. Contrary to popular belief, eating chocolate or greasy foods has little bearing on acne.
  • Hormonal changes in puberty and midlife: Androgens are a type of hormone that increases in boys and girls as they go through puberty. The additional hormones cause oil glands to increase and produce more sebum. Women are also prone to acne breakouts due to the hormonal changes of menopause.
  • Stress: Although stress does not cause acne, it can make acne that you already have worse.

Types of Acne

The term acne is appropriate when you have five or more pimple outbreaks per month. You can have a combination of any of these types of acne:

Blackheads

Named after the color they produce, blackheads contain oil and dead skin cells and are open to the surface. The reaction of oil to air is what causes this type of acne to turn black.

Papules

Papules are small pink or red bumps that have become inflamed. They can feel sensitive to touch.

Pustules

This is another type of inflamed pimple. They look like whiteheads except they have a ring around the bump that contains yellow or white pus.

Whiteheads

This type of acne has a closed surface and is white in appearance. Whiteheads develop when oil and skin cells clog pores and prevent them from opening.

Maskne

Millions of Americans have been wearing masks every day for the past two years to help protect themselves and others from the COVID-19 virus. Unfortunately, frequent mask-wearing can cause skin problems similar to acne. Sweat and friction caused by the mask rubbing against the skin are the primary causes of this type of acne. Be sure to wash your mask often and change disposable masks daily.

Acne is Treatable

Anne Arundel Dermatology offers acne treatments for all ages ranging from laser therapy to topical prescriptions that may show results in as little as a few weeks. You may also want to consider microneedling if you have acne scars. Please contact us to request a consultation.

Maskne

Millions of Americans have been wearing masks every day for the past two years to help protect themselves and others from the COVID-19 virus. Unfortunately, frequent mask-wearing can cause skin problems similar to acne. Sweat and friction caused by the mask rubbing against the skin are the primary causes of this type of acne. Be sure to wash your mask often and change disposable masks daily.

Acne is Treatable

Anne Arundel Dermatology offers acne treatments for all ages ranging from laser therapy to topical prescriptions that may show results in as little as a few weeks. You may also want to consider microneedling if you have acne scars. Please contact us to request a consultation.

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