Acne

56,4%

of Brazilians are affected by acne

24

million young people have acne

80%

of young people are affected

Acne is a disease characterized by increased secretion of sebum by the sebaceous glands. This excess sebum mixes together with dead skin cells that accumulate in the pilosebaceous follicle orifice, leading to clogged pores and causing sebum to accumulate in the affected regions. The accumulation of sebum releases substances that irritate the skin and cause inflammation, in addition to creating an environment conducive to bacterial growth, such as propionibacterium acnes. If not treated properly, acne can lead to scarring. Acne affects thousands of men and women worldwide. Acne is most common in adolescence, but can affect people of all ages, causing great distress and discomfort, as well as impacting self-esteem. In addition to topical and oral antibiotics, modern technology has made new treatment options available, such as microdermabrasion, which has become quite popular in recent years and is known for its safety and effective results. According to data from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), 24 million Brazilian teenagers suffer from acne, representing 80% of that age group. Acne mostly affects individuals from 14 to 18 years of age, but it can also affect children from 0 to 2 years old and youths/adults between 19 and 40 years old. According to figures released by the Brazilian Society of Dermatology (SBD), acne is the most common dermatologic problem in Brazil, affecting 56.4% of the population, in addition to being the most common reason patients seek dermatologists.
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