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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 production As stated before the best remedy for acne is time and just letting acne go away on its own is the best People with moderate cases of acne may use topical antibiotics and also take small doses of antibiotics given orally over long periods of time Other therapies that have been found effective include the topical use of retinoic acid or benzoyl peroxide Most experts agree that greasy or oily cosmetics
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