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Acne is a common skin condition that occurs when hair follicles under the skin become clogged with oil and dead skin cells [1]. It causes whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and other types of blemishes on the face, neck, chest, back and shoulders [2]. Treatment for acne includes lifestyle changes such as avoiding certain triggers (e.g. stress) and following a skincare routine to keep pores clean [3], as well as medications such as topical creams or oral antibiotics [4]. Acne can also be prevented by using non-comedogenic products that don't block pores [5] and keeping the skin hydrated with moisturizers [6]. Acne is caused by an overproduction of sebum from the sebaceous glands which leads to pore blockages in the hair follicles[7][8][9].


[1]: Acne - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic (https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/acne/symptoms-causes/syc-20368047)
[2]: What is Acne? Definition & Types | NIAMS (https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/acne)
[3]: Acne: Tips for managing (https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/acne/skin-care/tips)
[4]: Acne: Types, Causes, Treatment & Prevention (https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/12233-acne)
[5]: Acne - Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acne)
[6]: Acne: Treatment, Types, Causes, Prevention, and More (https://www.healthline.com/health/skin/acne)
[7]: Acne | Blackheads | Pimple | Zits | MedlinePlus (https://medlineplus.gov/acne.html)
[8]: Acne | Johns Hopkins Medicine (https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/acne)
[9]: Pictures: Different Types of Acne & How to Treat Them (https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/ss/slideshow-acne-dictionary)

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Acne is a common skin condition that affects many people. It is caused by the overproduction of oil in the skin, which can lead to clogged pores and inflammation. Acne can be treated with topical medications such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, oral antibiotics, hormonal treatments, and lifestyle changes such as avoiding certain foods and maintaining good hygiene. In some cases, laser therapy may also be used to reduce acne scars.