Introduction: Acne


Acne: Pimples and blackheads on the face and skin.

Acne: Acne is a disorder resulting from the action of hormones on the skin's oil glands (sebaceous glands), which leads to plugged pores and outbreaks of lesions commonly called pimples or zits. Acne lesions usually occur on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. Nearly 17 million people in the United States have acne, making it the most common skin disease. Although acne is not a serious health threat, severe acne can lead to disfiguring, permanent scarring, which can be upsetting to people who are affected by the disorder. 1

Researching symptoms of Acne: Further information about the symptoms of Acne is available including a list of symptoms of Acne, other diseases that might have similar symptoms in differential diagnosis of Acne, or alternatively return to research other symptoms in the symptom center.

Misdiagnosis and Acne: Research more detailed information about misdiagnosis of Acne, failure to diagnose Acne, underlying causes of Acne (possibly misdiagnosed), or research misdiagnosis of other diseases

Treatments for Acne: Various information is available about treatments available for Acne, prevention of Acne, current research about Acne treatments, or research treatments for other diseases.

Causes of Acne: Research more detailed information about the causes of Acne, other possibly hidden causes of Acne, or other general information about Acne.

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         Contents for Acne:

1. excerpt from Health Topics Questions and Answers About Acne: NIDDK

Last revision: May 20, 2003

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