Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. Although this skin problem is prevalent among teenagers, people of all ages can experience it.
Acne can occur when oil and debris from dead skin get clogged in the pores of your skin.
The bacteria in the so-called "plug" made from oil or sebum, dead skin cells, and hair that get clumped together can cause the wall of the follicle to rupture. This in turn inflames or reddens the skin, in which pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads form.
Usually, acne emerges on the face, but they can also develop on other stubborn areas like the neck, shoulders, upper arms, chest, and back.
Today there are websites and apps that offer to help determine the severity of your acne or when you need to see a dermatologist.
Although they can offer some information, only a dermatologist can give a scientific assessment of your particular skin condition.
Now, let’s take a deeper dive to understanding acne.