• Acne is an inflammation of the skin that causes blackheads, whiteheads, and red spots usually called "pimples" or "zits." The most common type of acne is acne vulgaris (vulgaris means common). Doctors call a flare-up of acne pimples lesions. Acne appears most often on the face, but can also be a nuisance on your chest, back, and upper arms.

  • Unfortunately, finding an effective skin care regimen for acne-prone skin can be quite a frustrating experience. But acne can be controlled, and it is important that you understand what type of acne you have and seek treatment as soon as possible to avoid scarring. The best way to treat your acne is to be informed, aware, and positive.

  • Don't break down over your breakouts - get educated! Don't fall prey to false information and be armed with important information to help control your acne faster. Read on to find out if you have the right facts. I have acne because I don't wash my face enough. False! Actually, if you wash your face more than twice a day and scrub your skin hard, you will not only irritate your breakouts but also end up stripping your face of its natural oils and stimulate the production of excess oil that can clog up your pores and worsen acne.

  • There are many different types of acne, ranging from the mild inflammatory kind characterized by a few whiteheads and blackheads to the more severe cystic acne. See your doctor as early as possible to find the right treatment to control your breakouts and minimize scarring. Your doctor may wish to send you to a dermatologist.

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