Acne is a skin condition that affects individuals with oily skin especially teenagers and young adults. It is characterized by cysts or pimples such as blackheads and whiteheads. Acne results when skin oils accumulate below keratin plugs in the openings of the hair follicles and oil glands. These plugs get clogged with irritating secretions and bacteria.
Acne can be treated or avoided in one or more of the following ways:
- Using topical medication for mild acne.
- Avoiding oily greases and creams on the skin.
- Men should soften their beard before shaving and not shave against the grain.
- See a doctor about prescribing an antibiotic.
- Light and/or laser treatments have led to excellent improvement in acne.
- Women can frequently benefit from the birth control pill.
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Acne prone Questions & Answers
My skin is very dry. Why am I still breaking out?
One of the primary causes of acne is the combination of oil (sebum) mixing with dead skin cells. Every skin type has at least some sebum in its pores. Even in small amounts, the sebum can still mix with dead skin cells (something dry skin has to excess) to create acne.
Do I need to use a moisturizer if I have oily, acne-prone skin?
Absolutely. The most important thing to remember about moisturizer is that it is water not grease. And even oily skin needs water. In fact, when acne-prone skin gets too dehydrated, it may often produce even more oil in response.
None of the above is not intended as medical advice. If you have a medical concern, please consult your doctor.