Acne is the term used to describe blackheads, whiteheads, pimples or any clogged pores that occur on the face or body. Most acne problems occur during adolescence, but can sometimes occur before or even after the teenage years.
Acne can often have a detrimental effect on one's self-esteem because it disturbs the natural beauty of a person's facial features. Normally, minor acne will come and go on its own, recurring more frequently between the ages of adolescence and becoming less common thereafter. Occasionally, acne can cause problems for a person later in life. More severe cases of acne can lead to more serious permanent scarring.
There are a number of techniques available today to treat acne. Providers can recommend habitual changes in a person's lifestyle to help reduce the reoccurrence of breakouts. Medications are often used to lessen the severity of outbreaks. Advanced laser therapies and chemical peels are also available to treat acne.
Oral and Topical Medications
There are a number of oral and topical medications available to treat mild to moderate acne. While the ingredients and directions vary from product to product, most of these medications involve either decreasing your skin's natural oil production, or removing dirt and oil from the targeted area. This will lessen the severity and frequency of acne outbreaks.