Acne is a chronic inflammatory skin disease known as the most common skin condition in the United States. It ischaracterized by the appearance of whiteheads, blackheads, or pimples on the face, upper back, chest, and shoulders primarily. Acne is primarily caused by hair follicles that become blocked by oil and dead skin cells. In severe cases, acne can cause scarring and lead to emotional distress due to its physical presentation. Acne can affect anyone at any age, although it is most common in teenagers and young adults due to fluctuating hormone levels. Treatment is available for people with acne and early intervention reduces the risk of scarring, emotional and physical in origin.
• Pustules (pimples)
• Papules (small red, tender bumps)
• Nodules or lumps found directly under the skin
• Cystic lesions (painful, pus-filled lumps)