Acne, or “acne vulgaris” for its proper medical name, is a chronic skin disorder. Typical symptoms include whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples. Often pimples become infected with pus, creating pustules. In some cases, cysts may form deeper in the skin. Acne is caused by the interaction between sebaceous glands and bacteria ...

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Introduction: Acne

What Is Acne? Acne is a disorder resulting from the action of hormones and other substances on the skin’s oil glands (sebaceous glands) and hair follicles. These factors lead to plugged pores and outbreaks of lesions commonly called pimples ...1

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Symptoms of Acne

These factors lead to plugged pores and outbreaks of lesions commonly called pimples or zits. Acne lesions usually occur on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. Although acne is usually not a serious health threat, it can be a ...2

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Complications of Acne

Although acne is usually not a serious health threat, it can be upsetting, and severe acne can lead to permanent scarring. Fortunately, for most people, acne tends to go away by the time they reach their 30s. ...Source: NIH News ...3

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Causes of Acne

The causes of acne are not fully clear. The roles of skin cleanliness, emotional stress, and skin bacterial are not fully understood. Certainly most cases of acne in adolescence do not appear to have a severe underlying disease. Triggers that ...

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Causes of Acne

There are many myths about what causes acne. Some people blame foods for their outbreaks. Some think that dirty skin causes it. But there’s little evidence that either has much effect on most people’s acne. Acne begins in ...4

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Causes List for Acne

Some possible causes of Acne or similar disorders may include:5

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Types of Acne

Acne most commonly develops on the:

  • face - this affects almost everyone with acne
  • back - this affects more than half of people with acne
  • chest - this affects about 15% of people with acne

Source: NHS Choices UK6 ...

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Diagnosis of Acne

Diagnosis: Your GP can diagnose acne by looking at your skin. This involves examining your face, chest and back for the different types of spot, such as blackheads or sore, red nodules. How many spots you have and how painful ...7

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Genetics of Acne

Studies suggest that you can inherit a tendency to develop acne from your parents, so genes likely play some role. ...Source: NIH News in Health (NIH)8 ...

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Risk Factors for Acne

LP is a hereditary disease that equally affects males and females. Nearly a quarter of all reported cases have been in the Afrikaner population of South Africa, but the disease is increasingly being reported from other parts of the world ...9

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Misdiagnosis: Acne

Various skin disorders are similar to acne and should not be misdiagnosed. It is also possible that worsening acne is caused by a hidden condition, particularly undiagnosed diabetes. Skin disorders that are similar to acne include:

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Treatments: Acne

If you have acne, don’t rub or touch your pimples. Squeezing, pinching or picking at them can lead to scars or dark blotches. Gently wash your face with a mild cleanser twice a day—and after heavy exercise. Don ...10

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Research for Acne

What Research Is Being Conducted on Acne? Medical researchers are looking for new drugs to treat acne to replace some of those in current use. As with many other types of bacterial infections, doctors are finding that, over time, the ...11

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  1. Source: NIAMS (NIH): Health_Info/ Acne/ default.asp
  2. ibid.
  3. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): 2010/ January/ feature2.htm
  4. ibid.
  5. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  6. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ Acne/ 
  7. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ acne/ diagnosis/ 
  8. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): 2010/ January/ feature2.htm
  9. Source: NINDS (NIH): disorders/ lipoid_proteinosis/ lipoid_proteinosis.htm
  10. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): 2010/ January/ feature2.htm
  11. Source: NIAMS (NIH): Health_Info/ Acne/ default.asp

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