The basics

Start in this section to get answers to some of the basic questions about acne, such as what it is, what some of the common signs and symptoms are, and how many people it affects.

What is acne?

From clogged pore to full blown zit, cyst, or nodule; the acne lifecycle.


Causes of acne

Hormones, diet, vitamin deficiency, stress, evolutionary biology, inflammation, or something else? No one really knows exactly what causes acne.


Acne myths

The main myths of acne are covered.


How to pop a pimple

When you must pop, do it properly to get it done quickly, cleanly, and with the least irritation.