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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.

Examples of acne

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.

To learn more about the treatment options for acne, visit our acne treatment page.

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,; Accessed Nov.2017

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Important Announcement

Dear Patients,

Our goal here at The Dermatology of Institute of Boston is protect the health of our patients and staff. To continue caring for our patients during these uncertain times, while strictly adhering to the guidelines set by the CDC, we will be only offering virtual consultations. For some patients, an in person visit is best, but if you feel that your concern could be addressed online, this may be a convenient option for you.

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