If you buy something through a link on this page, we may earn a small commission. How this works. Acne is a common skin disorder that can result in several types of blemish. Some include pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads. There are many ways to prevent acne. A doctor or dermatologist can help to identify which factor or combination of factors is causing acne.
Back to Acne. Acne is caused when tiny holes in the skin, known as hair follicles, become blocked. Sebaceous glands are tiny glands found near the surface of your skin. The glands are attached to hair follicles, which are small holes in your skin that an individual hair grows out of. Sebaceous glands lubricate the hair and the skin to stop it drying out. They do this by producing an oily substance called sebum. In acne, the glands begin to produce too much sebum. The excess sebum mixes with dead skin cells and both substances form a plug in the follicle.
Your skin has tiny holes called pores that can become blocked by oil, bacteria, dead skin cells, and dirt. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin condition in the U. It can also cause emotional distress. Acne that appears on your face can affect your self-esteem and, over time, may cause permanent physical scarring. There are many effective treatments for acne that reduce both the number of pimples you get and your chance of scarring. Acne can be found almost anywhere on your body. It most commonly develops on your face, back, neck, chest, and shoulders. Both blackheads and whiteheads are known as comedones.