This week I learned a new disease; acne. Yes, you read it correctly; acne! How many people out there really know that acne is actually a disease which requires a proper treatment from a certified doctor? I for myself, if I’m not a medical student, would be laughing out loud if I ever heard someone goes to a clinic because of acne. People always take things for granted or certain people have some stigmas like only rich people or beauty pigeons consult a doctor for acne problem.
Hey, the basic treatment for acne is an antibiotic whether in the form of tablet or cream. You don’t have to undergo all those expensive treatment such as the laser to cure the problem. Just opt for the basic because acne is actually due to the infection by the Propionibacterium Acne, a type of bacteria that colonizes our sebaceous gland. Everyone has this kind of bacteria on their skin but under certain condition, when it favors the growth of this bacteria, it can cause acne otherwise it is relatively harmless.
Yeah, there’s maybe other cause of acne such as high level of androgenic hormones ( testosterone + androgen ) which cause the overproduction of the sebum but that doesn’t mean you have to check your hormonal level which is quite expensive in order to diagnose your condition. Just a simple history taking and physical examination will be enough.
When looking at the epidemiology of acne, we can see it has a low incidence among Asian and African. But I think the low incidence is not due to less people having this condition in Asia but more to less people seeking medical advices.
ok, we always said we got acne but do we really know what actually an acne is? Acne is actually an inflammation of the pilosebaceous units in certain body areas that occurs most frequently in adolescence. Thus, it is an inflammation. Under certain circumstances such as during stress or before menstruation, our adrogenic hormones are very high. This will cause the overproduction of sebum produced by the sebaceous gland. Then, the P. Acne bacteria will act on the sebum and produce product that can cause inflammation to our skin and that cause the acne.
Here are some myths about acne :
1. Women get acne because they don’t wash enough.(truth:Washing away surface oils doesn’t do much to prevent or cure acne because it’s formed under the skin)
2. Eating chocolate or greasy food cause acne(truth:Experts have not found a link between the diet and acne)