Acne: You’re Not Alone

Acne: You’re Not Alone | Spectrum Dermatology, Scottsdale

Acne: You’re Not Alone

Acne is a well known and often long-term skin disease that many people struggle with, but that doesn’t make it any easier to accept. Acne vulgaris is a disease so common that in some cases insurance companies don’t cover acne treatment, but Spectrum Dermatology works with all patients to formulate a reasonable payment plan for services. Acne may be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics in 80 percent of cases as well as hormone fluctuations and environmental causes. Fortunately, there are treatments.

Acne Impacts Everyone

Acne holds the title of most common skin condition in the U.S. It is unbiased, affecting all ages, sexes, and races. When hormones are not balanced, the sebaceous (oil) glands can be overactive. The oil designed to hydrate and protect skin can become clogged in a pore and mix with dead skin cells. This is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which triggers an inflammatory response. The acne cascade process is what leads to tell-tale red pimples. However, pimples are merely a symptom of acne.

There are various types and degrees of acne, ranging from mild to painful cysts. Of the 60 million people in the country suffering from acne, 20 percent have experienced acne severe enough to cause scarring. In 2017, researchers found that 85 percent of people in the U.S. have had acne at some point in their life, and women make up 80 percent of acne cases in adults (likely due to the role hormones play in acne).

When Acne Strikes

In the last decade, the average age of acne patients has increased from 20.5 to 26.5 years. This may be due to changes in birth control and hormonal trends, or perhaps because those in their twenties are not seeing a dermatologist as often as they did ten years ago. However, not seeing a dermatologist is a mistake. Acne can hurt mental health, with 96 percent of acne sufferers saying they feel depressed because of their acne. It is reported in a survey that 46 percent of people with acne have suffered lower self-esteem and 31 percent have turned down social invitations because they are too self-conscious.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of people (99 percent) experience acne on their face. Sixty percent report acne on other body parts, usually the buttocks and back. However, 15 percent say they have acne on their chest. Athletes and those who are very active are more likely to have body acne. Thirty percent of acne sufferers purchase over the counter products, but these products often don’t have the strength and ingredients necessary to truly address acne. Call Spectrum Dermatology at 480-948-8400 and get the help you deserve to treat acne today.