Despite being one of the most common skin conditions among people of all ages, there are a lot of myths surrounding acne. Let’s clear up some of those most common myths, once and for all, but first, let’s learn a little bit more about acne.
What is acne?
- Acne vulgaris (acne) is a common dermatology condition. It is an inflammatory skin disease involving the pilosebaceous unit (hair follicle, arrector pili muscle, and sebaceous gland).
- Acne lesions are commonly referred to as pimples, papules, pustules and even deeper cysts or nodules.
- It is caused by a complex interaction between androgens, increased sebum production, inflammation with subsequent colonization of Cutibactrium Acne (aka Propioni bacterium acne) and abnormal keratinocyte actions within the gland’s epithelial lining.
Who does acne affect?
- Although its major impact is on 85% of the teen population, it can and does continue into adulthood.
- It has been estimated to affect almost:
85% of those aged 12 to 24
64% of those aged 20 to 29
43% of those aged 30 to 39