The term acne is a Latin work that means "point" or "peak". Acne is an inflammatory skin disease caused by unusual changes in the hair follicles and associated sebaceous glands. When the skin's sebaceous glands produce excess "sebum" (an oily substance) the pores can become plugged, and outbreaks of pimples or zits occur.
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Acne can affect humans at any age, but it's commonly most out of control during puberty when the body produces the male hormone testosterone rapidly and in excess. In addition to hormonal activity, stress, diet, taking certain medications and hygiene can all trigger acne as a result of the accumulation of dead skin cells, bacteria in the pores, skin irritations and high level of chlorine compounds. Maintaining a healthy diet and a consistent routine will help your skin look its best.
Acne usually appears on the face, neck, chest, back and shoulders. It comes in different forms from mild to severe. Mild acne includes blackheads and whiteheads. They are the most familiar types of acne that plague us. Moderate acne usually includes red inflamed pimples (or papules) and red pimples with white centers (pustules). Nodules are the common form of severe acne. They are pus-filled, painful cysts or lumps that appear under the skin.
The best way to conquer your acne is to first understand it. Acne can affect us in the following ways: