What is Acne
Medically speaking acne is a long lasting and inflammatory skin disease resulting in whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, cysts, and nodules. Acne does not pose any serious health issues, but it can leave skin scars.
It is a skin disease commonly seen in teenagers and young adults of 13 to 25 years of age group when the sebaceous glands become active. However, it can occur at any age.
As discussed on the first page, the skin has pores connecting it to oil glands under the skin. Follicles are the connecting link between the glands and the pores. Oil or sebum produced by the glands carries dead skin cells through the follicles to the surface of the skin. Hair grows through these follicles shown out on the skin. Pimples develop when these follicles get blocked, and oil builds up under the skin.
A pimple is made up of dead skin cells, sebum, and a part of the hair, which collectively forms a plug. Swelling is seen as a result of secondary infection.