Acne is the term for plugged pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and even deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms. Acne affects most teenagers to some extent. However, the disease is not restricted to any age group. Adults in their 20s – even into their 40s – can get acne. While not a life threatening condition, acne can be upsetting and disfiguring. When severe, acne can lead to serious and permanent scarring. Even less severe cases can lead to scarring.

How should acne be treated?

The appropriate treatment for acne depends on the severity. Options may include mild over-the-counter treatments, retinoids, Isotretnoin, topical and oral antibiotics, chemical peels, laser, photodynamic therapy as well as other options for more recalcitrant cases.