Health Care

Acne

Acne is the most common skin disorder seen by doctors. In fact, it will affect almost every one of us at some time in our lives. It can happen at any time, but teenagers are the ones who get it most often. Acne can cause a great deal of embarrassment and anxiety…

Aggravating Factors
Certain things can aggravate, or worsen your acne. You will want to avoid these things while treating your acne, to ensure that you get the best results possible. Click the link above to catch up on the most common things that make acne worse such as…

What Causes Acne?
The exact cause of acne is not known, but the following factors are considered important: When the skin surface and its pores are blocked, the pores are described as being occluded. Factors that may cause occlusion include certain cosmetics, oils, greases…

What are Acne Scars?

Acne is an inflammation of the skin that is caused by clogged pores that are a result of an overproduction of oil mixed with dead skin cells. When an acne lesion becomes infected it damages the skin’s collagen, leading to changes in the texture and appearance of the skin. To repair the damage, the body produces more collagen; however the skin’s appearance is never quite as smooth and supple as it was to begin with and can leave the skin with a scar.

There are two main types of acne scars; atrophic, caused by a loss of skin tissue and hypertrophic, caused by an over production of collagen. Hypertrophic scars are raised lumps of skin tissue that can become larger than the original wound and are often found on areas of the back and chest. Atrophic scars are the opposite. They form into shallow pitted depressions that can be superficial or severe depending on how much skin tissue was damaged.

There are a variety of factors that can cause a person to develop acne scars including genetics and hygiene. But, what puts people at the highest risk of developing acne scars is not receiving treatment at the onset of the condition. The more breakouts you experience and the longer the condition lasts, the higher the chance you have of scarring. Consulting with a skin care profession as soon as acne symptoms appear is the best way to prevent skin damage and keep your skin looking healthy and radiant for years to come.

Age Spots

Liver spots, freckles, and age spots are names used to indicate brown spots on the skin caused by sun damage. Age spots are labeled solar lentigos by dermatologists. As a person ages, his or her exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun accumulates over time. The damage done by these rays to the surface of the skin results in a change in the color of the pigment, producing dark spots. These darker areas have nothing to do with the liver or the age of a person but are the result of spending time in the sun.

Bacterial Skin Infections

Bacterial Skin Infections are caused by the presence and growth of microorganisms that damage host tissue. The extent of infection is generally determined by how many organisms are present and the toxins they release. There are many types of bacteria, both good and bad. In fact, most bacterial species cannot cause disease. Many species even play beneficial roles producing antibiotics and foodstuffs. Our bodies are covered with commensal bacteria that make up the normal flora, however some types of skin bacteria can be harmful.

Cellulites

Cellulite is a rolling, lumpy appearance to the surface of the skin that most men and women consider unattractive. Individuals with Cellulite find the skin looks dimpled, similar to the outer surface of an orange. Cellulite is caused when the layer of fat under the skin increases and pushes to the outside while the fibrous bands that bind the fat to the underlying muscle push inward to keep the fat in position. The fat pushes up through these cords, causing the rippled appearance under the skin. Although cellulite is not of concern medically, it sometimes causes a loss of confidence and insecurity.