Acne is a condition of the sebaceous glands and it usually starts in the teen years when the hormone androgen stimulates the sebaceous glands of the skin to enlarge, produce oil and plug the pores. Acne pictures will clearly illustrate the difference between whiteheads, blackheads and pimples. A whitehead
is the early stage of acne when the pore is plugged with oil and skin cells. If this same plug reaches the surface of the skin, the air turns it black and we get a blackhead
. If the wall of a plugged pore breaks, the surrounding area swells up and can turn into a red bump. If this happens close to the skin’s surface, then the bump usually becomes a pimple
Both boy and girl teens get acne but it is often worse in boys because they produce 10 times as much androgen as girls and they tend to have more skin oils.
But It is not only teens that suffer from acne. Acne can make an appearance during the twenties and for some, this can be the very first outbreak. Adult acne can be a recurrence of acne that cleared up after adolescence, a flare-up of acne for example during pregnancy or just occurring for the very first time.
Most teens will easily recognize the appearance of acne because they are used to seeing it on many of their friends' skins. But adults who suddenly develop this skin condition might need to see acne images before they realize that they are suffering from adult acne.
So check out acne photos to compare with your own skin outbreaks and then start treatment as soon as possible. Be very wary of what treatment you decide upon to treat your acne as some over-the-counter acne products have serious side effects such as skin irritation, burning or redness.
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