Acne is a skin condition which consists of clogged pores (blackheads and whiteheads), inflamed pimples (pustules), and deeper lumps (nodules). It occurs on the face, as well as the neck, chest, back, shoulders, and upper arms. Although most teenagers get some form of acne, adults in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, or even older can develop acne. Often acne clears up after several years, even without treatment. However, acne can be disfiguring and upsetting to the patient. Untreated acne can leave permanent scars; these may be treated by your dermatologist in the future. To avoid acne scarring, treating acne is important.
Adult acne develops later in life and may be related to hormones, pregnancy, menopause, or discontinuation of oral contraceptives. Adult women may be treated at the time of their period and at ovulation when acne is especially severe, or throughout the entire cycle.
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