Acne is an inflammation of the follicle oil gland complex, usually on the face, neck, chest, and back. Blackheads, whiteheads, inflammatory pimples and nodules are different types of acne lesions. Some have one type of lesion but most people have a combination. Acne is most common in adolescents but can occur in men and women in their 20’s or 30’s or even older. It is usually more severe in males than in females. It often clears after several years, but is cosmetically concerning for many and can be disfiguring. There are several different treatments for acne, depending on the type and severity. These include face washes, creams and sometimes oral medications. You and your dermatologist can determine which treatments are best for you.
Acne is not a condition that is found solely in adolescents. Adult acne is a very common condition, especially in females. Adult acne often starts between the ages of 20 and 30 but can start at any age. Adult acne tends to be characterized more by small red bumps and cysts than clogged pores. It is usually located on the lower cheeks and around the jawline. Many women notice a flare of acne around the time of menstrual periods. Changes in hormones play a part in adult acne outbreaks in women. There are several different treatments for adult acne, and each treatment regimen is chosen according to the individual. In addition to washes, creams, and typical oral medications, there are alternatives that target the hormonal changes.