Acne is a widespread skin condition that causes pimples. The pimples or zits are formed when the hair follicles in the skin become clogged. Most pimples appear on the face, neck, back, chest and shoulders. Anyone can get acne, but it is common among adolescents and young adults. The condition is not serious but can be very irritating and may cause embarrassment.

From the minute you were born, your skin starts an ongoing procedure of removing dead skin cells and producing oil. This process can be affected by your hormonal balance, which alters during the different stages of your life. The cycle of acne begins when excess sebum and dead skin cells combine to clog the pores of a hair follicle, behind those closed pores, bacteria grows and multiplies, causing inflammation and swelling, resulting in an acne blemish.

Teenagers are people most commonly affected by pimples and blackheads. This is due to overactive sebaceous glands. The skin becomes clogged with dead skin cells and excess hardened oil in pores of the skin. The environment is full of pollutants that can greatly worsen the state of acne and blackheads.

Nobody knows precisely what causes acne to be so prevalent in some individuals, while virtually non-existent in others. Hormonal alterations, like during adolescence and pregnancy, most likely play an important role. There are a lot of myths about the causes of acne. Chocolate and greasy foods are often said to be responsible, but there is slight evidence that foods do not have much effect on acne in the majority of people. Another frequent myth is that dirty skin causes acne, but blackheads and pimples are not caused by dirt. Stress does not cause acne, but stress can worsen the situation.

People with acne often believe that they are very alone, but the fact is, acne is the most common skin disease in the world, with millions of patients. Over 85% of Americans have acne at some point in their lives. And about 90% of teens develop acne, and it can last throughout their teenage years. Many adults experience acne as well.

No matter what your age, or the severity of your acne problem, can offer many anti-acne creams and lotions that can help reduce the frequency and severity of acne outbreaks. We have a wide selection of skin products to choose from, from medicated options to more organic solutions.

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