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papule will develop into a pustule several days later when white blood cells make their way to the surface of the skin. This is what people usually refer to as a “zit” or a “pimple.”


Inflamed pores can rupture and spread to other areas of the skin. Sometimes several pores are affected at the same time and may form a nodule or a cyst under the skin.


Acne can be painful to the touch and also very visible on the skin. Lesions may occur anywhere on the body, but are generally most visible on the face, back, or chest.


Acne Treatment


Many people think individuals with acne do not wash properly or eat greasy foods that can cause acne. These are misconceptions. Acne is not the result of a dirty face or indulging in fast food.


Treatment for acne depends upon the scope of the condition. Options consist of reducing sebum production, removing dead skin cells, and killing bacteria with topical drugs and oral medications.


Benzoyl peroxide is one of the most popular treatments for acne. It is found in many of the over-the-counter products. Sulfur and Resorcinol are other substances good at drying up oil. Salicylic acid encourages the sloughing of dead skin cells and is found in a host of skin treatment products


For severe acne cases, a dermatologist may prescribe medications that work to treat acne from the inside out. A combination of oral antibiotics (to kill the P. acnes bacteria), and vitamin A derivatives (to shrink oil- producing sebaceous glands) may be used, depending upon severity.


There are many viable treatments for acne. With routine care, lesions can be kept at bay and under control. Over time an individual may find he or she “grows out” of acne. If you are concerned about acne, visit your doctor to find a treatment method that is best for the severity of your condition. [TF099460]


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