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Acne is a chronic disorder caused by excess production of oil from sebaceous glands causing of the hair follicles to become plugged. Pimples, black heads, white heads, cysts and sometimes scarring can result.

Acne usually appears around puberty but may also start in adulthood. About 85% of teenagers develop Acne, 15% of which may be moderate to severe. Acne is not infectious and the exact cause is not known but there are many treatments which are effective, but Acne is slow to respond or returns after treatment is stopped. Antibiotics are commonly prescribed to treat the resulting acne infections and pimples, often reducing the patient's own immune system.

Acne picture before treatment. Acne picture after treatment.

acne before
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acne after
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For reasons no one completely understands, hair follicles sometimes get blocked. Sebum (oil) which normally drains to the surface gets blocked and bacteria begins to grow and an acne pimple is formed. Both white heads and blackheads start out as a "microcomedone" or a blocked hair follicle below the skin. The picture below is a "microcomedone". The result of a microcomedone can be one of two scenarios. A blackhead or a white head. For each condition, blackheads and white heads are filled with trapped sebum and bacteria. The acne treatment advice is the therefore the same for both white heads and blackheads

Picture of Acne white head pimple. Picture of acne black head pimple.

acne white head

acne black head


Acne Conglobata is a severe long term, painful disease. It is characterized by large inflammatory cysts and nodules on the face an upper trunk. Acne can be caused by occupational factors exposure to oils, tars and halogenated hydrocarbons. Drugs such as corticosteroids (topical and systemic), progestogens, and anabolic steroids. Cheap greasy cosmetics, lotions and moisturizers are to be avoided. Doctors who often dismiss the condition as trivial underestimate the psychological effects of Acne. Stress and anxiety may be a causative factor in Acne as in other skin disorders and having a condition that rules your life described as trivial is stressful indeed! It will come as no surprise to Acne sufferers that studies have shown intolerance and bigotry against Acne in the work place is common. A gradual lowering of self-esteem and self-confidence can make relationships, gaining employment, or any social activity very difficult. Even going to the Doctor to discuss this acutely embarrassing condition may be a major hurdle to overcome.

Over 50% of acne sufferers report people making nasty remarks or fun of them, often in an offhand way, as though it is of no importance, even in the press people with skin complaints are talked about in a derisory and scornful manner. Acne remains a cruel disease with no definitive cure.

Who gets acne?

People of all races and ages get acne. It is most common in adolescents and young adults. Nearly 85 percent of people between the ages of 12 and 24 develop the disorder. For most people, acne tends to go away by the time they reach their thirties; however, some people in their forties and fifties continue to have this skin problem.

Source: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

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Psoriasis is a common skin disease that causes raised red skin with thick silvery scales.


Vitiligo is a disorder in which white patches of skin appear on the body

hair loss

Hair loss usually develops gradually and may be patchy or diffuse


Acne is a disorder of the hair follicles and sebaceous oil glands that leads to skin infections


Inflammation of the skin, often a rash, swelling, pain, itching, cracking. Can be caused by an irritant or allergen

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