What is Acne?

 

Acne is the most common skin disorder in the world. Blemishes, bumps, papules, pustules, spots, whiteheads, zits, goobers, the plague, or whatever you call it, almost everyone is liable to get it.

 

In the United States and Canada, acne affects 45 to 55 million individuals at some point in their lives, the vast majority of whom are teenagers. In fact, nearly 80 percent of all young people will face at least an occasional breakout of acne. Acne imposes itself on young men and young women about equally, but young men are likelier to have more severe forms of acne.

The events that take place in the sebaceous glands and hair follicles trigger acne. The exact cause is unknown; however, regardless of a person’s age, acne is a condition of clogged hair follicles and the reaction of sebaceous glands, glands that are attached to hair follicles and produce an oily substance called sebum. Mix in some dead skin cells that become “sticky” and block the pores, add a bit of bacteria, and you have the makings of a breakout.

Doctors believe that these events, and acne itself, result from several related factors, including your hormones (which are responsible for increasing oil production) and heredity (the tendency to develop acne is often inherited from parents and other relatives).

Less commonly, acne can occur as a reaction to certain drugs and chemicals, and other physical factors may exacerbate the problem like Demodex mites.

Creating Your Acne-Treating Program

Until the last couple of decades, there was very little anyone could do to treat acne. But we’ve now come a long way from the “dark ages” of arsenic and puppy blood. Now we have excellent methods to treat acne and the future looks even brighter. There are:

  • Over-the-counter topical (applied to the skin) products that contain such tried-and-true medicines as benzoyl peroxide and tea tree oil
  • Topical antibiotics and retinoids _ Oral antibiotics
  • Hormones and anti-androgens for females
  • Oral retinoids, like Accutane
  • Chemical peels, special lasers, and lights

The proof is in the results

Ungex has formulated a product which has helped thousands of people around the world deal with their acne. When you work with us, we will ensure you receive the highest quality products and treatment plan to help permanently treat your acne.

Relying on the experts

For some folks, acne can be more serious. In fact, by their midteens, more than 40 percent of adolescents have acne severe enough to require some treatment by a physician or a dermatologist

who is an authority when it comes to acne. And adult women who are having problems getting their acne to respond to treatment often need to make an appointment with a doctor.

But no matter who you are, you should definitely have your acne evaluated by a knowledgeable healthcare provider if:

  • Your acne didn’t respond to home remedies, diets, herbal medications, facials, special soaps, or nonprescription OTC treatments.
  • Your skin can’t tolerate the OTC preparations.
  • Your acne is widespread and it involves your chest and back.
  • Your acne is beginning to scar or has already scarred.
  • Your acne has become more severe.
  • You are a female who develops facial hair or has irregular periods.
  • You’re not a “do-it-yourselfer” and you want the pros to handle your acne.
  • You have dark skin, and patches that are darker than your normal skin appear after your acne lesions clear.

In addition, you may need help dealing with acne scars, both the physical and emotional:

  • Preventing and repairing scars: Even very mild or occasional breakouts have the potential to leave permanent scars. There are now exciting innovations in dermatologic surgery using lights, lasers, and chemical peels to help improve the appearance of the skin before and after acne has left its marks.
  • Healing the inner scars: The emotional effects of acne haven’t always been fully appreciated, but many studies have demonstrated its damaging psychological impact. Nowadays there is a much greater interest in preventing and healing the inner scars of acne.

Avoiding quickie cures

Because your acne appears on your face and everyone can see it, you may feel desperate to make it go away. But because it’s not life threatening, you may feel reluctant or embarrassed to go to your healthcare provider about it. Certain people prey on that knowledge. They want to sell you expensive over-the-counter acne “cures” that don’t do you any good, or get you to order them after watching testimonial-filled infomercials.

Recognizing Impostors and Related Conditions

There are several skin conditions that appear to be acne, but that aren’t acne at all. Rosacea and keratosis pilaris closely resemble acne, as does another acne look-alike, pseudofolliculitis barbae — also known as razor bumps. These conditions, among others, are pretenders that sometimes even fool doctors into thinking they’re actually acne. There are many ways to control these acne impostors.

References:

Ance for Dummies book by Herbert P. Goodheart

 

Useful links:

How to Kill Demodex Mites