If you suffer from acne, you’re not alone. In fact, more than 3 million Americans deal with this skin condition which occurs when hair follicles are clogged. Acne is typically caused by a change in hormones combined with one of the following factors: clogged pores, bacteria, dead skin cells, and/or oil production. Just about every teenager will deal with some type of acne in their life but it can affect adults as well and is even known to be hereditary.
There are several different types of acne including whiteheads (pimples under the surface of the skin), blackheads (pimples that rise to the surface and turn black), papules (pimples that are small pink bumps), pustules (pimples are pus-filled on top and red on the bottom), nodules (painful and large pimples), and cysts (pimples that are deep and pus-filled). Acne can worsen due to the types of food you eat, medications you take, or stress you’re under. Acne can be treated through a variety of methods including topical medication, oral medication, or lifestyle and nutritional changes. If you’re concerned that acne is becoming a significant issue, speak to a medical professional to find out the best course of action to correct and heal your skin.