Acne Vulgaris

Acne vulgaris, also known simply as acne, is the most common skin problem in the United States affecting between 40 and 50 million people. Most people experience some form of it either on the face, neck, chest or back during their lives.

Though no one knows what causes acne, several factors play a role. Clogged pores lead to blackheads and whiteheads, while overactive sebaceous glands produce excess oil. This leads to increased numbers of bacteria within pores, and ultimately inflammation, evidenced by painful red pimples, nodules or cysts.

There are many effective treatments available for different types of acne, ranging from medicated facial washes to creams to medications taken by mouth. It is important to treat acne aggressively before scars have an opportunity to form.

Although treatment options to improve the appearance of a scar exist, once formed, a scar cannot be entirely erased. Besides scar formation, acne can have a detrimental effect on one's self esteem and anxiety.

For more information about acne vulgaris, please visit the AAD website.