What is Acne?

Acne is a type of skin infection which manifests as spots, often on the face, shoulders, back and chest. Acne is more common than people think – 85% of 12-24 year olds have it! We all produce oil just under our skin but an imbalance in hormones can cause oil production to go into overdrive, causing acne. Bacterial infection usually results in inflammatory acne. Often acne will clear up by itself or if treated with over-the-counter remedies; however, in very severe cases medical treatment should be sought to avoid long-term scarring.

Symptom summary

  • Blackheads
  • Pustules (also called pimples, they have a little white tip caused by a build-up of pus)
  • Cysts (large, pus-filled lumps that look similar to boils)
  • Whiteheads
  • Papules (small red bumps which may be painful)

Prevention tips


  • Chocolate can cause acne…

    Don’t worry – there is no scientific proof that chocolate causes acne. There is also no scientific evidence that fatty or fried foods cause acne or make it worse: the type of food that you eat has very little impact on the condition of your skin. (Apart from drinking water, which we all know is a great way to keep your skin healthy and hydrated!)

  • The best way to get rid of my spots is to squeeze them…

    No no no! While squeezing your spots might make you feel (very briefly) better, it is not the way to get rid of spots. All of that poking at your face will increase the redness of your skin, while squeezing your spots will only help to spread bacteria. Not to mention the permanent scarring you can cause from continually breaking the skin….

Medical source : British Health Authority
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