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    Related Definitions, Terms, and Acronyms:
  • Inflammation - the first response of the immune system to infection or irritation and is characterized by the following 5 symptoms: redness), heat, swelling, pain and dysfunction of the involved area.
  • Acne - an inflammatory disease of the skin, caused by changes in the pilosebaceous units (skin structures consisting of a hair follicle and its associated sebaceous gland).
  • Acne phototherapy - short term improvement can be achieved with sunlight, but sunlight worsens acne long-term, presumably due to UV damage.
  • Antibiotic acne treatment - killing the bacteria in the blocked follicles by the intake of antibiotics like tetracycline, doxycycline and minocycline.
  • Acne duration - for most people acne diminishes over time and thus tends to disappear, or at least decrease, after one reaches their early twenties.

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