What Is Acne?

A pimple (a.k.a. zit) is caused when your face’s oil glands overproduce oil that combines with dead skin cells, blocking your pores and hair follicles. Bacteria develops in these clogged follicles and pores, causing a breakout.

Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States.
Although it’s common, accurate information about acne can be scarce.

Why treat acne?

Myths about acne are as common as the skin problem. One common myth is that you have to let acne run its course.
Dermatologists know that letting acne runs its course is not always the best advice.

Here’s why:

Without treatment, dark spots and permanent scars can appear on the skin as acne clears;
Treating acne often boosts a person’s self-esteem;
Many effective treatments are available.

More women are getting acne

Not just teens have acne. A growing number of women have acne in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond. Dermatologists are not sure why this is happening. But dermatologists understand that adult acne can be particularly frustrating.

in American Academy of Dermatology, www.aad.org; Accessed Nov.2017

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