Acne is a skin condition that affects areas containing the largest oil glands, including the nose, forehead, cheeks, chin, back, and trunk. It is caused by a disorder of the oil glands that result in clogged pores and outbreaks of lesions commonly known as pimples.
Acne is an extremely common skin condition with a prevalence of 80% in female and 90% in male teenagers. But it can occur at any age. A growing number of adults are being diagnosed with adult acne, affecting between 17 million and 45 million people, making it the most common skin disease in North America. While it tends to last longer in females, males are more likely to get acne and tend to have more severe cases than do females. Some infants may develop acne, but it is most common in adolescents and it generally disappears by age 30. However, it can recur later in life, even at age 35 or even later!
Although it is not a serious health threat, severe acne can be painful and may cause permanent scarring, which can be very upsetting and debilitating for people who suffer from the condition. An estimated $100 million is spent annually on over- the-counter products to treat acne and reduce the pain, scarring, and emotional distress that can be associated with it. Naturopathic medicine can be very effective in identifying the root cause of acne and treating without any prescription medication.