Acne is the most common skin condition around the world. Adolescents and young adults commonly experience at least minor acne issues in their lives. Acne normally starts to happen during the early stages of puberty, but it can also occur after puberty, even as late as in the thirties or forties depending on the causative factors at play.
Fortunately for most, those afflicted by acne in their pubescent years face only mild issues which are temporary and tend to be outlived as they grow up. However (and increasingly so) for some people, acne continues to affect them for a prolonged period of time, sometimes even persisting well into adulthood.
Acne, also known as Acne Vulgaris in medical terms, is a chronic inflammatory skin disorder that is characterized by the dysregulated activity of the oil glands and a variety of skin manifestations, including pimples, whiteheads and blackheads (comedones). When there is abnormal activity of oil glands in the skin, usually excess sebum (the oily substance produced by glands found at the base of hair follicles) is produced. Excess sebum can cause follicles to become plugged alongside dead skin cells, debris and colonizing bacteria, namely Propionibacterium acnes, thus resulting in pimples and local inflammation on the skin.
Acne may affect any hair-bearing area on the body. The areas that are typically affected are the face, neck, back and chest. Some people also experience acne issues on their scalps, arms, legs and even buttocks. For most people (as well as depending on the affected area), acne can be an irritating and painful experience.
The good news for all acne-sufferers is that acne is easily treatable and not a permanent ailment. Importantly, untreated acne, especially those stemming from some of the more severe forms of acne such as nodulocystic acne and inflammatory acne, can potentially result in permanent damage such as scarring. Early medical attention and appropriate treatment are imperative to prevent further complications from acne.
There are various forms of treatment available in the medical clinic to tackle acne holistically such as Medical facial, Laser Rejuvenation, Acne Red Mark Laser, Clear & Smooth Laser and steroid injection. A detailed consultation as well as a proper examination will assist the doctor in tailoring an appropriate treatment plan for effective acne control.