Acne & Problem Skins

Acne & Problem Skins

Most people develop acne -- the most common skin condition -- to some degree, but it primarily affects teenagers undergoing hormonal changes.

Acne may be mild (few, occasional pimples), moderate (inflammatory papules), or severe (nodules and cysts). Treatment depends on the severity of the condition.

Adult Skin Problems: See Pictures of Blackheads and Whiteheads

What Causes Acne?

Acne is primarily a hormonal condition driven by male or ‘androgenic’ hormones, which typically become active during the teenage years. Sensitivity to such hormones, combined with bacteria on the skin, and fatty acids within oil glands, cause acne. Common sites for acne are the face, chest, shoulders, and back -- the sites of oil glands.

Acne lesions include whiteheads, blackheads, small bumps, and nodules and cysts.