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Acne: Common Causes And When To See A Doctor

Find answers to commonly asked questions about Acne.

What is Acne?

There is not just one factor that causes acne. It occurs when sebaceous glands attached to the hair follicles are stimulated during puberty or during other times of hormonal change.


It is also not unusual for some women to develop acne in their mid-to late 20s as well.

Acne Facts:

Acne is a skin condition. It occurs when the hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. It can cause blackheads, whiteheads or pimples. Acne usually appears on the face, forehead, chest, upper back and shoulders. It is most common among teenagers, although it can affect people of all ages.


Acne can be very persistent. Many women can suffer for decades, especially the week before menstruation starts. The sudden onset however of severe acne in adults can be the sign of an underlying disease requiring medical attention.


Unfortunately acne can be very difficult to get rid of. The pimples and bumps heal slowly, and then a just as one begins to go away, new ones seem to appear. Acne can cause emotional distress and scar the skin. If you start a treatment early you are likely to reduce these problems.


Frequently asked questions

What causes acne and how should you treat it?

Almost everyone develops acne at some point. The right time to treat it, is when it starts to become bothersome or when the potential for scaring develops.

Acne is a complaint among people irrespective of their age although it is more prevalent in teenagers.

There can be various reasons for the development of Acne and determining the exact cause is essential to obtain proper treatment.

How do you get rid of acne?

There are many products available at the drugstore or at the cosmetic counter. For more difficult cases of Acne you should consult a doctor.

Should you avoid certain foods?

There is no one food that causes acne, however certain foods such as dairy and high glycemic foods can trigger acne.