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Acne

Acne

Overview

Acne is a skin condition that causes whiteheads, blackheads, and inflamed red lesions to form. These growths are commonly called pimples or "zits." Three out of four teenagers have acne to some extent.

Review Date 8/14/2021

Updated by: Elika Hoss, MD, Senior Associate Consultant, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.