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It’s Acne Awareness Month… but what actually is Acne?

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Did you know It’s acne awareness month? Every June it comes around but every year there is very little coverage of it.

So what exactly is acne?

Acne is a common skin condition that affects 80% of people at some point in their life (1).  It is the most common cause of spots and it tends to affect people between the ages of 12-25, but people of all ages can and do suffer from it.

It is caused by bacteria attacking your pores causing your sebaceous glands (the glands that produce a natural oil called sebum to keep your skin soft and supple) to overproduce sebum which blocks the pores.  Once the pores are blocked, the sebum and bacteria continue to grow causing white blood cells to move into the area and begin to fight the bacteria, causing swelling and red inflammation, and spots form.

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Some other treatments such as antibiotics help to kill the bacteria, however these may have side effects (1) and the bacteria can become resistant to them in the long term (2).

References Used On This Page
Ref 1
Phototherapy in the treatment of Acne Vulgaris- What is the role? Charakida et al American Journal of Clinical Dermatology 2004 : 5
Ref 2
Phototherapy with blue (415nm) and red (660 nm) light in the treatment of acne vulgaris. Papageorgiou et al British Journal of Dermatology 2000 : 142

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