Acne is a skin condition consisting of pimples, deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) and plugged pores (blackheads and whiteheads) that occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms. Acne usually begins in puberty, but the condition is not restricted to any age group. Adults in their 20s, 30s, 40s — even into their 50s — can develop acne.

Did you know?

  • Acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States.
  • 85 percentof all people have acne at some point, most often on the face, chest, and back.
  • 40 percentof adolescents have acne or acne scarring, requiring treatment by a dermatologist.

Three major factors cause acne:

  1. Enlarged oil glands in the skin that overproduce oil.
  2. Blocked hair follicles that release oil.
  3. Growth of bacteriawithin the hair follicles.

Scientific research has led to many new acne therapies and changes in existing treatment options. The earlier you start treatment, the lower your risk of scarring.

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