What is Acne?
Acne is a common skin condition that happens when hair follicles under the skin become clogged. Oil and dead skin cells plug the pores, and outbreaks of lesions (often called pimples or zits) can occur. Most often, the outbreaks occur on the face but can also appear on the back, chest, and shoulders.
Acne commonly occurs during puberty, when the sebaceous glands activate, but it can occur at any age. It is not dangerous, but it can leave skin scars.
For most people, acne generally tends to go away by the time they reach their thirties, but some people in their forties and fifties continue to have this skin problem.
The goals of treatment is to help heal lesions, stop new lesions from forming, and prevent scarring.
Medications and other procedures such as laser and light therapies are the most common treatments among others.
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