Thursday, January 22, 2009

Symptoms Of Acne And Types Of Acne

Acne is a chronic disorder of the hair follicles and sebaceous glands. Some of the characteristics of acne include black heads, pimples, cysts, infected abscesses, and rarely scarring. Acne usually occurs during adolescence in both men and women. To be more specific, acne starts during puberty and tends to get worse for people with oily skin.

There are two main types of acne and they are inflammatory and non-inflammatory.

Non-inflammatory acne is the usual whiteheads and the blackheads that most people develop on the face. This is a mild form of acne that can be treated with over the counter medicines.

Inflammatory acne is the more serious ones where the whiteheads develop pus, become inflamed, and eventually red. Inflammatory acne can result in cysts or scars on the face, chest, neck and shoulders. You need to get prescription drugs and may be even surgery in most extreme cases.

Acne appears as whiteheads and/or blackheads on the face, shoulders, neck and chest. Acne can range from mild to severe and can last a few weeks, months, years or can come and go throughout life. If a blemish becomes infected, a pimple can result. Severe acne can be painful and can cause serious scars if not treated.

The symptoms of acne are found in both men and women including teenagers. The most common symptoms of acne are recurrent and persistent red spots and swelling on the skin which is known as acne. Acne can be found anywhere on the body. Acne occurs due to the high concentration of sebaceous glands in the areas which includes upper back, chest, face, neck and shoulders.

Possible complications of acne include cysts, permanent facial scars, changes in skin color and damage to self-esteem, confidence, personality and social life.

Comedones (kom-uh-DO-neze) are created when the openings of hair follicles become clogged and blocked with oil secretions, dead skin cells and sometimes bacteria. When comedones are open at the skin surface they’re called blackheads because of the dark appearance of the plugs in the hair follicles.

The biggest problem a person faces with these signs and symptoms of acne is that if any are allowed to rupture they can actually lead to the infection and inflammation spreading to other areas of skin surrounding them. Therefore it is important that a person suffering from any of the acne signs and symptoms above should seek medical advice from their doctor as soon as possible. Simply because they may actually find that they have some other underlying medical condition.

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