According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), ʺAcne is the most common skin disorder in the United States, affecting 40 million to 50 million Americans.ʺ
The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), a part of the Department of Health and Human Services' National Institutes of Health (NIH), states an estimated 80 percent of people between the ages 11-30 will have acne. Acne does not discriminate. People of all color and ages can have acne.
Because acne affects so many young adults, many times acne can cause emotional scars as well as physical scars. In most cases acne is temporary, treatable and manageable.
Sometimes people with acne suffer from depression or low-self esteem. The physical appearance of acne doesn’t define you. If you suffer from acne, think of acne as a phase of your life -- not your life. If you are suffering from depression, contact your primary care physician.
Acne comes in several forms. The AAD says those forms include:
• Pimples or pustules
There are several things you can do to manage your acne. The AAD and NIAMS recommend the following:
• Clean skin gently and be gentle to your skin. Overcleaning your skin will make acne worse. Use a mild soap and warm water to cleanse your skin.
• Avoid frequent touching or handling of the skin. Bacteria from your hands can transfer to your skin.
• Apply over-the-counter acne products to CLEAN skin.
• Do not squeeze acne to get rid of it.
• Do not tan to get rid of acne.
• Shave carefully and gently. Use a sharp blade and soften your beard with soap and water BEFORE applying shaving cream.
• Choose cosmetics carefully. Use oil-free products only.
• After you work out or sweat, cleanse your face with an acne wipe or wash your face and neck with a mild soap.
• Wash hair daily with an oil-free shampoo.
• See a dermatologist
If your acne is not clearing up with the above tips, contact a dermatologist in your area.