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What You Need to Know About Acne

Things That Make It Worse

Some things can make acne worse, such as:
 
  • Changing hormone levels in teenage girls and adult women 2 to 7 days before their period starts
  • Leaning on or rubbing the skin
  • Pressure from bike helmets, backpacks, or tight collars
  • Pollution and high humidity
  • Squeezing or picking at pimples
  • Hard scrubbing of the skin.
     

Common Myths

There are many myths about what causes acne. Dirty skin and stress do not cause it. Also, chocolate and greasy foods do not cause acne in most people.
 
(Click Acne Myths for more information.)
 

Acne and Women

Most young women and men will have at least a few pimples over the course of their lives. But acne seems to affect men and women in different ways. Young men are more likely to have a more serious form of acne. Acne in young women tends to be more random and linked to hormonal changes, such as the menstrual cycle.
 
As women get older, acne often gets better. But some women have it for many years. Some women even get it for the first time at age 30 or 40.
 
For many women, acne can be an upsetting illness. Women may have feelings of depression, poor body image, or low self-esteem. But you don't have to wait to outgrow acne or to let it run its course. Today, almost every case of acne can be resolved. It can also, in some cases, be prevented. Talk with your doctor or dermatologist about how you can help prevent acne and whether treatment would be beneficial for you.
 

Research on Acne

Research scientists are looking at new ways to treat acne. These researchers are:
 
  • Working on new drugs to treat acne
  • Looking at ways to prevent plugs
  • Looking at ways to stop the hormone testosterone from causing acne.

 

(Click Acne Research for more information.)

 

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