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About Acne

If you have ever had a pimple, you’ve had acne. It is a hormonal and inflammatory disease that affects all ethnicities, particularly during adolescence and early adulthood, and is found primarily on the face and upper body

Acne lesions occur when the pores of the skin become clogged, trapping skin oil and bacteria inside, leading to a variety of acne lesions, from mild acne to severe acne that can scar

Factors that may make acne worse: genetics, hormones, physical irritation of the skin, stress, sunburns, cosmetics, and diet.

Avoid pore-clogging ingredients, and always pop correctly. 

Latest in About Acne

Cystic Acne Do Hormones Cause Cystic Acne? Hormones, specifically androgens, which are male hormones found in both males and females, are required for acne to form. Generally speaking, more androgens lead to... April 10, 2021
Cystic Acne Cystic Acne on the Body The body has larger and more productive skin oil glands, and therefore, more severe acne lesions often develop on the back, chest, shoulders, and the back of the neck. Cystic acne is the same disease whether it is on the face or the body and is treated similarly. April 09, 2021
About Acne Can Wearing a Face Mask Trigger or Worsen Acne? Face masks may worsen existing acne and could lead to new breakouts. This is because they can irritate skin, and physical irritation can lead to more acne. Choose a soft, lightweight, and light-colored mask with soft edges and straps that won't dig into your skin. April 09, 2021
Acne Scars What Causes a Pimple to Scar? An imbalance in collagen as the body tries to repair the site of a pimple can lead to a scar. Too little collagen leaves an indented scar. Too much collagen leaves a raised scar. Weak, yet chronic inflammation, as well as genetics, make some people more susceptible to such scarring. April 06, 2021
Cystic Acne Regular Acne vs. Cystic Acne: What's the Difference? Regular acne refers to "zits" or "pimples" that almost everyone has gotten before. Cystic acne refers to larger and more severe acne lesions called nodules and cysts. Cystic acne lesions are more than 5 mm in diameter, sore, long-lasting, and often lead to scarring. April 02, 2021
Other Skin Conditions Hives (Urticaria) Hives, also known as urticaria, are usually temporary, itchy, pink or red welts on the skin of various sizes that develop when the body releases histamine under the skin in response to a trigger such as an allergy or infection. They are totally different than acne and normally go away quickly. March 23, 2021
About Acne How Do Acne Lesions Heal? Acne lesions heal in 3 phases: (1) the inflammatory phase, (2) the healing phase, and (3) the remodeling phase. More severe lesions heal more slowly, and lesions with more inflammation tend to scar more easily than those with less inflammation present. February 25, 2021