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Acne

What is Acne?

Acne is a common skin disorder characterized by clogged pores and pimples. Acne is not a serious health threat but, it can cause scars.

How Does a Acne Develop?

The small holes in your skin (pores) connect to oil glands under the skin. These glands make an oily substance called sebum. The pores connect to the glands by a canal called a follicle. Inside the follicles, oil carries dead skin cells to the surface of the skin. A thin hair also grows through the follicle and out to the skin. When the follicle of a skin gland clogs up, a pimple grows.

Most pimples are found on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders.

Types of Pimples

There are many types of pimples. The most common types are:

  • Whiteheads.
    • These are pimples that stay under the surface of the skin.
    • They occur when the openings of hair follicles become clogged and blocked with oil secretions and dead skin
  • Blackheads.
    • These pimples rise to the skin's surface and look black.
  • Papules.
    • These are small pink bumps that can be tender.
  • Pustules. These pimples are red at the bottom and have pus on top.
  • Nodules.
    • These are large, painful, solid pimples that are deep in the skin.
  • Cysts.
    • These deep, painful, pus-filled pimples can cause scars.
    • They are formed by the buildup of secretions deep within hair follicles.

Who Gets Acne?

Acne is the most common skin disease. Nearly 17 million people in the United States have it. People of all races and ages get acne. But acne is most common in teenagers and young adults.

What Causes Acne?

Acne occurs when the hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells.

Can Acne be Treated?

Yes. Acne treatments are designed to:

  • Heal pimples
  • Stop new pimples from forming
  • Prevent scarring

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