Acne: Getting through the teenage years
-Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Acne is a skin ailment in which the sebaceous glands become inflamed. It generally begins to manifest during adolescence and is caused by over activity of the sebaceous glands. The sebum produced by the glands cannot escape because the hair follicles become blocked by keratin. The keratin blockage becomes black, forming blackheads. 85% of the population between 12 and 25 are affected by acne, the most commonly afflicted group being pubescent boys, followed by women aged 20-40. Acne is the most prevalent skin ailment in the West.