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Acne is a common skin condition that affects most teenagers and young adults due to changing hormones. Excess oil production on the skin along with dead skin cells, clogged pores and the presence of bacteria may cause acne on your face, neck, chest, back and shoulders.
Acne can cause emotional distress and may leave scars on your skin. The earlier you start treatment, the lower your risk for scarring.
Acne is a normal occurrence, but it may be aggravated when people pick at the lesions, when people wear tight or restrictive clothing or headgear, or by high humidity and air pollution.
Hormonal changes may cause acne, especially in women around the time of their menstrual cycle or people taking steroid medicines. People with a family history of acne may be at higher risk for experiencing it. Diet is also an important factor in developing acne, as is stress.
Greasy or oily substances on the skin, including lotions or creams, or even from working around grease, such as a work area or kitchen, can contribute to acne flares.