ACNE - Basic Understanding

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Acne is the bane of existence for nearly 17 million people who suffer from some form of acne. Acne is not only embarrassing but also causes psychosocial effects such as: anxiety, depression, inferiority, insecurity, frustration and self-consciousness. Acne can be in the form of blackheads, whiteheads, pimples or cysts. Can be on the face, neck, shoulders, upper back or chest.

The different definitions of acne are:

  • Acne blemish: A flaw in the skin.

  • Acne pimple: A small, prominent, inflamed elevation of the skin.


  • Blackhead: A condition of the skin characterized by a black tip.

  • Whitehead: A condition of the skin characterized by a small, firm, whitish elevation of the skin.

  • Cysts: When the clogged pore is swollen, infected and forms a bump it's called a "cyst."

Those most susceptible are teenagers and adolescents but it also affects many adults. Although the exact cause of acne is still unknown