Acne vulgaris (acne) is a common skin condition seen primarily in adolescents and young adults. The condition affects hair follicles and their attached oil glands, and is seen primarily on the face, neck, chest, back, and upper arms. Acne is caused by a complex interaction of genetic, hormonal, and bacterial factors that cause skin eruptions comprised of various types of lesions. The role of diet is evolving but it appears that high glycemic (sugar) index diets and possibly low-fat dairy products may be aggravating factors. Certain skin care products and makeup may also play a role. The eruptions range from mild to severe. Without adequate treatment, significant discoloration and scarring commonly occur. Consequently, the psychological and emotional impact can be significant. A recent study of 50 adult women (aged 18 to 40 years) with moderate to severe acne found the participants commonly reported depression, anxiety, and social isolation. Fortunately, there are many options for treating and successfully managing this condition.
If you have acne and would like to discuss your condition and treatment options, please schedule an appointment with your dermatologist: 310-626-4631 ext. 227