August 31, 2022
Acne is the most common skin condition people experience. In fact, The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that 80% of people ages 11 to 30 years old have it in some form. In honor of Acne Positivity Day coming up on September 1, Coryell Health is here to equip you with the basic information and tools you need when you or your children deal with acne.
Acne is a skin condition that occurs when hair follicles are blocked by oil and dead skin cells. It can cause whiteheads, blackheads, or pimples, most commonly on the face, forehead, chest, upper back and shoulders. Depending on its severity, it can scar the skin. While it most often affects teenagers, people of all ages can deal with acne in some form.
Several factors contribute to acne. Some of the most common include:
- Genetics—depending on your family history, you may be more prone to oily skin and, thus, acne
- Hormones—one category of hormones that are known to cause acne, androgens, peaks during teenage years; additionally, women around their menstrual cycle can be more susceptible
- Diet—foods affect every person differently, be sure to always listen to your body and pay attention to its reactions to certain foods
- Stress—managing your stress is essential because it will show physically, sometimes in the form of acne, which could cause even more stress
- Age—primarily affects teenagers and young adults, but it can affect anyone
- External Factors—with back-to-school season and fall sports ramping up, certain clothing and headgear may cause flare-ups
Consistently take good care of your skin. When using over-the-counter medicines and creams, look for benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid as ingredients. Additionally, pay a visit to your primary care doctor. They can offer advice on the best course of action and potentially prescribe products to treat your acne. If necessary, and only under extreme circumstances, they will refer you to a specialist. Always remember that while you should make sure to take care of your skin and treat acne as directed by your doctor, certain factors can make it impossible to get rid of it entirely. If you’re listening to your doctor, you’re doing the best you can for your skin.
Schedule a visit with one of Coryell’s family medicine practitioners by calling (245) 865-2166.