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Acne Defined

Acne is defined as a disease of the sebaceous glands and hair follicles marked by the eruption of pimples and other acne-related blemishes affecting the face, chest, and upper back.  Acne is not a life threatening condition, but it can lead to serious skin damage often resulting in permanent scarring.  Although the cause of acne is unknown, hormones and stress are considered to be contributing factors, while heredity determines the severity of the condition.

Who Gets Acne?

Contrary to popular belief, acne is not restricted to teenagers, nor is it caused by junk food, dirt, or oily skin.  Most people between the ages of 12 and 17 have experienced the occasional acne breakout.  In most instances, the condition does not last longer than 10 years and disappears on its own.  However, there are cases in which acne persists longer and for some it doesn't flare up until adulthood.

Treatments at France Avenue Family Physicians

Acne is not curable, but it can be managed with the help of France Avenue Family Physicians.  Many times the occurrence of acne can be managed with nonprescription treatments.  In some instances, it may be severe enough to also require treatment by a physician, as well as the use of prescription drugs.  The providers at France Avenue Family Physicians can help patients determine their personalized treatment.



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