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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 7/23/2015

Updated by: Kevin Berman, MD, PhD, Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Disease, Atlanta, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.