Acne is a skin condition that affects men, women, and children of all ages. Multiple factors contribute to breakouts, including hormones, bacteria, inflammation, as well as a genetic component. With this dermatological condition, dead skin cells and natural oils block hair follicles under the skin, causing bacteria to grow. This bacteria irritates your skin and causes pimples.

Acne can range from mild pimples to severe cysts. Any form of blemish can indicate acne, including:

  • Papules
  • Pustules
  • Cysts
  • Nodules
  • Blackheads and whiteheads

Acne can lead to low self-esteem and depression, and you may end up with scars and dark spots on the skin. Scars can be permanent, especially if you don’t seek dermatologic treatment during flare-ups. Treating acne early helps prevent scars.

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