Some people think getting rid of acne just means keeping your face clean. Not so! In fact, too much scrubbing can actually make your breakouts worse. You may have heard some of these before:
Acne is a complex medical condition. At Clear, we are here to dispel those myths and help you get back that “clear” complexion.
Acne (acne vulgaris) can appear on the face, neck, shoulders, back, and chest, and can be triggered by stress, hormones, medications, or cosmetics. Left untreated, it can lead to unsightly scarring. Microcomedones (bumps) form as a result of excessive sebum (oil) production coupled with abnormal skin cell growth within the hair follicle. When the skin cells die, they become trapped in the follicle, and along with increased sebum production, this creates the ideal environment for bacteria (p. acnes bacteria) to grow and cause acne.
There are two main types of acne: inflammatory and non-inflammatory. Whiteheads and blackheads are non-inflammatory acne. Whiteheads appear as small dots under the skin, and blackheads are actually open or on the surface. Inflammatory acne appears as red, swollen, solid lesions that are painful to the touch.
It’s important to determine which type of acne you have so you can treat it accordingly. It is not uncommon to suffer from a combination of both.
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