Acne

Monday, June 07, 2010

Acne is a common chronic skin condition that usually begins between the ages of ten and thirteen and can persist, in some cases, throughout a persons life. Dr. Edward Hill discusses acne in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Acne vulgaris is a common skin condition that occurs when oil and dead skin cells clog the pores in the skin. Acne primarily affects teenagers. The most severe cases can be emotionally and physically scarring.

Acne develops most often on the face, neck, chest, shoulders or back and can range from mild to severe. It can last for a few months, a few years, or your entire life.

Mild acne is manifest by whiteheads and blackheads. Occasionally, these develop into an infected skin pore or pimple. Acne can cause permanent scars, especially if it goes untreated.

Acne treatment depends upon its severity. Gentle cleansing with soap or using nonprescription products, such as benzoyl peroxide lotions, often controls mild acne and prevents new outbreaks.

Your doctor may prescribe topical lotions containing antibiotics or other kinds of bacteria-killing medication. If acne is moderate to severe, oral antibiotics can be used.

Low-dose birth control pills are often effective in treating women, especially those whose acne worsens around their menstrual period.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.