ACNE Essay

This essay has a total of 598 words and 3 pages.


Almost everyone has acne at one time or another in life. Acne is a skin condition that can
cause pimples such as, white heads and black heads to appear on the face, chest, back,
neck, and shoulders. Most teenagers have acne for about five years, but for others it
clears up much faster. Not only teenagers go through acne, but women that did not
experience acne during puberty, can also get acne in there twenties and thirties. Women
can also get minor acne before there menstrual period. All of us are affected by acne at
one point in time or another, and some less than others, but all of us experience it and
just have to deal with it because the best remedy for getting rid of acne is time.

Acne begins in the upper part of the hair follicle, where sebaceous glands discharge
sebum, an oily substance that keeps skin from drying out. During puberty, the sebaceous
glands enlarge dramatically. If pores near these glands become clogged with dead skin
cells or oily cosmetics, the sebum accumulates underneath, causing inflammation in the
surrounding skin. The acne is further aggravated when bacterial enzymes break down the
sebum into irritating substances that add to the inflammation and swelling. If several
follicles in the same area become inflamed, scarring can also occur. There are several
forms of acne, but the most common is vulgaris, found mostly in teenagers, whose hormonal
changes cause a large increase in the size of the sebaceous glands and in sebum
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