Acne is one of the most common skin disorders, with 80% of the US population being diagnosed and treated at some point of their lives. Acne can develop on different areas of the body emerging in all shapes and sizes.
Triggered by hormonal changes, acne can develop at any age. Driven by alterations in hormone levels, a combination of diet, exercise, hygiene, and a blend of excess sebum production, keratinocytes and bacterial settlements—specifically Propionibacterium (P. acne bacterium)—block the follicle, which then, initiate the inflammatory response.
Untreated or poorly managed, acne can lead to the development of fibrous connective tissue forming a mark on the skin from where improper healing of the tissue occurs.
Acne can be classified as non-inflammatory and/or inflammatory. Non-inflammatory acne is characterized by the presence of comedones. Inflammatory acne manifests with papules, pustules, nodules, and cysts.
Properly diagnosing acne involves an assessment for contributing factors and psychosocial impact, classification of severity, and examination. A standardized system allows for the determination of acne, grading the severity as mild, moderate, severe, and very severe. Treatment involves a variety of methods with education for the patient as a priority.
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