21 Feb Why Don’t We Take Acne Seriously?
The majority of people will experience acne at some point in their lives. It’s one of the top reasons clients visit Spectrum Dermatology. However, just because a condition is common and affects the majority of the population doesn’t make it “normal.” Acne is a skin condition that can vary in severity. From the occasional whitehead to cystic acne that causes permanent damage, acne can and should be taken seriously—and there’s no reason to live with it.
There are a lot of misconceptions about acne. For instance, some people think it’s a condition just for teenagers. Although hormone changes can cause acne, including puberty, anyone of any age can suffer from acne. It can be especially common in women during pregnancy and menopause.
Another common myth is that acne is caused by certain foods, such as pizza or chocolate. The skin is the biggest organ and is affected by diet. A healthy diet is a must for healthy skin, but no particular food “causes” acne. Rather, acne can be caused by bacteria on the skin, not by food choices.
Lack of information on what causes acne as well as it being so common has created a culture where acne is considered a rite of passage, an embarrassment, and just part of life. However, the side effects of acne can be long-lasting. Being teased about acne or bullied because of a skin condition can negatively influence mental health. When acne isn’t taken seriously as a medical condition, the results can be devastating.
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Fortunately, there are solutions for all types of acne. Oftentimes, over the counter medications don’t work. Only a dermatologist can prescribe medical-grade solutions that work. These solutions usually have to be tweaked and modified over time. Since acne can be caused and triggered by a variety of factors, treatments need to be flexible. If you’re ready to manage acne for good, contact Spectrum Dermatology today for a consultation.