Acne -- in its most common form -- is a skin condition that causes outbreaks of whiteheads, blackheads, or pimples. It occurs when pores get clogged up by sebum, an oily substance made by glands inside the pore of every hair shaft. Sebum's main job is to lubricate and protect the skin and hair, but too much of it can lead to skin eruptions. Pimples are clogged pores that have been infected with bacteria and may redden, swell and fill with pus as the immune system fights back.
Jeffrey W. Scales, MD
Location and Office HoursNorth Carolina Center for Dermatology
Durham, NC 27713
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- What is the definition of acne?
How does the psoriasis start?
Jeffrey Weinberg, MD, Dermatology, answered
The basis of psoriasis is a genetic predisposition to develop the condition. It is hypothesized that, in a susceptible individual, something triggers psoriasis to break out. We do not always know what the triggers are, but in some cases, bacterial or viral infections may be the cause.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
How is adult acne different from teen acne?
Teen acne is most often focused on the face and neck, and is commonly related to the hormonal changes that naturally occur through puberty. Adult acne can happen on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders, and can be brought on by environmental factors, bodily changes due to pregnancy or medications.
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