Acne

A skin condition that occurs when hair follicles plug with oil and dead skin cells. Acne may be treated with a combination of remedies including over-the-counter skin care, acne medications, and chemical or laser procedures. Acne is most common in teenagers and young adults. Symptoms range from uninflamed blackheads to pus-filled pimples or large, red, and tender bumps.

Frequently Asked Questions

Acne develops when sebum — an oily substance that lubricates your hair and skin — and dead skin cells plug hair follicles. Bacteria can trigger inflammation and infection resulting in more severe acne.

Although acne remains largely a curse of adolescence, about 20% of all cases occur in adults. Acne commonly starts during puberty between the ages of 10 and 13 and tends to be worse in people with oily skin. Teenage acne usually lasts for five to 10 years, normally going away during the early 20s.

What’s the Difference Between Acne and Pimples? The difference between acne and pimples is that acne is a disease and pimples are one of its symptoms. Acne is a condition affecting the skin’s hair follicles and oil glands. Bacteria in the plug causes inflammation, leading to red pimples in acne.