What causes acne?

Acne is a skin condition when your hair follicles are inflamed and become blocked with oil and dead skin cells. The lesions formed by these inflamed follicles are usually called pustules or pimples. There can be a number of causes of acne, some of which include hormone changes, diet and skin care products.

What are the symptoms of acne?

The symptoms of adult acne can range. Some acne is in the form of whiteheads and blackheads, which are clogged pores, while other forms include red bumps and larger pus-filled pimples. Sometimes, acne can also be in the form of large, solid, painful lumps beneath the surface of the skin.

How do you treat acne?

Acne treatment may include medicine in the form of topical creams to apply on your face like retinoids, or prescription antibiotics from a doctor. A doctor may also recommend a change in diet to rule out potential causes, or a new skincare regime.

How to get rid of acne scars

Acne scars are not all the same. Treating acne early and effectively is the best way to reduce and prevent acne scarring. A doctor can help you develop a treatment plan that is right for your skin. Some recommended treatments for acne scars include chemical peels, steroid injections, dermabrasion, laser therapy and skin needling. Applying sunblock is also an important component to minimizing scarring after an acne breakout.

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