What is Acne Vulgaris?
The term acne vulgaris is one used to describe an inflammatory skin disease which is fairly commonplace and tends to affect the majority of the population – at some point in their lives. Acne vulgaris lesions are often more commonly known as zits, blackheads, whiteheads and pimples and they occur in an environment where there is a change in the skin cell units known as ‘pilosebeaceous units’ which contain sebaceous glands, a substance called sebum, and a hair follicle. When oil or dead skin cells build up and clog these ‘units’, a breakout or lesion is likely to occur.
Which Areas of Skin Are Most Affected?
The surface areas of the skin that contain the majority of the body’s sebaceous glands and will be the areas where acne vulgaris breakouts are most likely to occur. This includes the back, face, and upper portion of the chest. The most common causes of acne vulgaris are hormone fluctuations, excess sebum in the pilosebeaceous units, and, in some cases, genetics has been shown to play a role.