Acne. Everyone has it, nobody wants it. Acne is the result of oil and dead skin cells plugging hair follicles that are meant to breath. It most commonly appears on the face, neck, chest, shoulders and back. These areas tend to produce the most oil. Teenagers are particularly susceptible, with 70 to 85 percent of teens having some sort of acne. Between 40 and 55 percent of adults age 20-40 are also diagnosed with acne.
There are many contributing factors to acne production. Physical causes include oil production, bacteria, dead skin cells and clogged pores. Non-physical causes of acne include stress, poor diet and certain medications. Hormones are also a common factor. A certain hormone called Androgen causes the sebaceous glands to widen, which results in more oil production. Flare-ups caused by hormones can happen to anyone, but are most susceptible to teens, pregnant women and people taking oral contraceptives.
A person suffering from acne should see a dermatologist for proper analysis, care and medication. Call (865)690-9467 to book an appointment with KDG or visit www.knoxderm.com for more information.