What is Acne?Dr. Nomphelo Gantsho
Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles (pores) become plugged with
oil (sebum) and dead skin cells. It often causes whiteheads, blackheads or pimples, and
usually appears on the face, forehead, chest, upper back and shoulders. Acne is most
common among teenagers, though it affects people of all ages, there’s adult onset too.
For many women, acne can persist for decades, with flares common a week before
menstruation. This type of acne tends to clear up without treatment in women who use
Acne typically appears on your face, forehead, chest, upper back, and shoulders because
these areas of skin have the most oil (sebaceous) glands. Hair follicles are connected to
Depending on its severity, acne can cause emotional distress and scar the skin. The
earlier you start treatment, the lower your risk of such problems.