Acne vulgaris is the most common skin disorder. It occurs when dead skin cells and oil clog your pores. The oil that clogs the pores is called sebum and during high hormone level times, the sebum production increases. The sebum flows into the pores and causes them to become clogged. The oil will continue to produce and the pore will become inflamed. This is generally referred to as a pimple, zit, blackhead or whitehead.
Acne vulgaris is most common among teenagers. In your teen years your hormonal level is very high. You are going through puberty and your body is changing greatly. Since high hormone levels cause can increase in sebum production, acne is more likely to form. Boys usually suffer from acne vulgaris for a longer time. This is due to the fact that they commonly hit puberty at an older age, so their hormone levels are increased for a longer time. The bacteria in the sebum can also cause more acne. When the bacteria is spread throughout your face, more pores may become clogged and more acne can form. Teenagers play sports and when they sweat, the bacteria is spread throughout their face therefore, causing the acne to spread as well.
Since acne vulgaris is more common during high hormonal times, women are likely to get it around the time of their menstrual cycle. When a women is menstruating, her hormone levels increase greatly. More sebum will be produced and acne may form. Also, hormone levels are very high during menopause so women may notice acne during this phase as well. Although acne vulgaris is more common among teenagers and hormonal women any one can get it. This includes adults, children and even infants.
There is no known cure for acne vulgaris, but there are many treatments that could help reduce and prevent the disorder. Benzoyl peroxide is the most commonly used treatment. It is found in over-the-counter cleansers, lotions, creams and gels. It kills the bacteria that causes acne, unclogs pores and reduces inflammation. Salicylic acid, sulfur, alcohol and acetone are also OTC treatments that can help with acne vulgaris. For those that suffer from severe acne, you would need to seek medical advice. A topical cream containing retinoids will most likely be prescribed to treat the acne vulgaris.
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