What is Acne?

Acne is an affliction that affects everyone, whether you are a teenager or middle-aged, suffering from one pimple to a complete outbreak is almost a rite of passage throughout life.

But how do we actually get acne? Well, hair follicles exist in small openings all over our bodies; these openings become clogged due to the sebaceous glands, oil glands, that regularly release oil that has unfortunately got a bit backed up.
In larger openings, blackheads, you will notice small dark dots on your skin, will appear. In smaller openings, whiteheads, bumps that have a lighter color, will appear. Each type can further develop into more swollen and sensitive inflammations, such as pimples or similar lumps or nodules.

Sometimes, in the case of cystic acne, where the acne is severe, below the skin’s surface can develop into a firm enlargement that can become even more inflamed, sensitive, and even infected.

We are taught to believe that acne is an affliction that is more common in the young, teenagers who are going through puberty, to be specific, but adults can also be afflicted with acne, around 20%. Typically, depending on when puberty starts, is when acne first turns its ugly head, around the ages of 10 into 13, but it can go well into the late teens.

Both male and females can suffer from pimples, but males and those with oily skin tend to suffer more. That said, women may find that they fall prey to acne in their 30s and later.

Although when we think of acne, we imagine a face covered in pimples, pimples can also be experienced on other parts of the body, both upper and lower.

Many believe that the development of acne can be prevented by changing one’s diet, hygiene, or even their active sex life. Unfortunately, acne is often the result of the genes and hormones of an individual, so, avoidance of certain foods or keeping your face in pristine condition will not likely decrease your outbreaks.