Acne is surprisingly common – in fact, it is the most common skin condition in the UK, affecting an estimated 80% of the population at some point.
Although it is commonly associated with puberty and the teenage years, it can continue into adulthood with some people suffering into their 30’s and beyond.
Acne is most commonly seen on the face, chest or back and its very visibility is part of the problem for the sufferer, as it is a very public condition.
What Causes Acne?
Acne is caused by the body’s immunity system, which can trigger an inflammatory response to the bacteria living in the skin.
P. acnes is the name of the bacteria which causes acne. The bacteria grows predominantly in sebaceous glands, which produce sebum or oil within the skin.
Acne is characteristically seen as:
- pustules/cysts which can become inflamed
It is important to treat acne in order to avoid the potential for acne scarring in the future.
- Cleaning the skin is important to remove excess sebum and reduce growth of the bacteria. However, this is not always enough
- Topical products can be purchased to control the oiliness of the skin and the growth of the bacteria
- Professional treatments are available which can be helpful.