Acne (acne vulgaris)

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Acne is the most common skin condition in teens. Discover the different types and causes of acne and how they can be treated.

Key points

  • Acne is caused by the hormones of puberty and is not caused by poor hygiene.
  • Acne occurs deep within the skin, and its severity and outcomes are different from person to person.
  • Acne causes comedones (whiteheads and blackheads), papules, nodules (red bumps) and pustules (pus-filled bumps).
  • Picking, squeezing and popping can increase the risk of scarring.
  • Acne is manageable with the appropriate treatment. Ask your child's health-care provider about your options.
Last updated: March 17th 2024