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Approximately one in three 12-16 year old suffer from acne, which is requiring treatment according to a study (1996). Teens are developmentally in a sensitive period on the way into the adult world. The appearance and group membership play in this age a major role and it is therefore important that self-identity of the teenager is merged to obtain a stable self-image.

An already poor self-esteem can easily become worse with teenage acne with school refusal, isolation and even depression as a result. Teenage Acne and especially facial acne, is the condition that teens themselves ranked as the top most embarrassing of all medical afflictions in recent surveys.

Acne Definitions

Acne is an inflammatory disease of the sebaceous gland and follicle. The reason is an increased production and increased formation of keratin in the pilosebaceous ducts and the presence of bacteria. The white clogged sebaceous glands associated with hair follicles are called closed comedones.

If they are opened so that the dark pigmentation (melanin) appears at the top, it is called an open Komura, or what is commonly known as a blackhead.

Acne severity falls in to three main groups:

  1. Mild acne: comedonal acne or papulopustular acne with less than ten inflammatory lesions on the face
  2. Moderate acne: 10 – 40 pimples on the face
  3. Severe acne: deep ugly full facial acne that is itchy or sore

There is further information all about What Is Acne, how to get rid of acne and the types of acne with known causes through out the site.


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