Acne is a skin condition causing blocked hair follicles to become inflamed. Hair follicles can become clogged by oil and dead skin cells, most commonly on the face, back, chest and shoulders.
Acne is very common and usually develops during the teenage years as puberty begins, however it can affect anyone at any age for a variety of reasons.
Clogged hair follicles.
Altering hormone levels.
Oily skin and bacteria.
As hormone levels increase and decrease throughout the years, the glands in skin that produce natural oils, called the sebaceous glands, can begin to produce too much oil. If this occurs and dead skin cells do not shed correctly, the follicles will become blocked, resulting in spots. These can appear as blackheads or whiteheads.
Acne can be embarrassing and uncomfortable, and often hard to treat at home. There are many products designed to target acne, however, if the condition is advanced, over-the-counter treatments can sometimes make acne flare up further.