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You donít have to suffer with acne.
Acne is the term for plugged pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and even deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and even the upper arms. A variety of treatments are available for acne. Whether you are an adolescent or an adult, you donít have to suffer with acne.
More than 40% of adolescents have acne severe enough to require some treatment by a physician. In most cases, acne starts between the ages of ten and thirteen and usually lasts for five to ten years. It normally goes away on its own sometime in the early twenties. However, acne can persist into the late twenties or thirties or even beyond. Some people get acne for the first time as adults.
Acne affects young men and young women about equally, but there are differences. Young men are more likely than young women to have more severe, longer lasting forms of acne.
Treatments for acne include topical medicated creams, oral antibiotic medications, hormonal medications, cryotherapy, photodynamic light therapy, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and intralesional injections.