|AAt some point in our lives, we have all experienced horror at the emergence of a pimple or two on our faces. However for some people, that pimple or two may get completely out of control and develop into acne. Acne is a skin condition that affects the skin’s oil glands (sebaceous glands) and results in clogged pores and flare-ups of lesions or pimples. The pores in the skin become clogged with an oily substance called sebum and are connected to the glands by follicles.
These follicles clog up the skin and a pimple develops. Certain body areas such as the forehead, face, neck, back, shoulders and chest are most commonly affected. Acne is most common amongst teenagers and young adults, but can affect people of all races and ages.
It tends to disappear when you reach your twenties but people in their forties and fifties have been known to experience acne outbreaks. Although acne is not life threatening, it can cause scarring. If left untreated, acne can also lead to deep emotional issues such as low self esteem, depression and anxiety.