Acne is caused by clogged pores (also called hair follicles), which are small openings in the skin through which hair grows. Deep inside each follicle is a hair shaft attached to small glands called “sebaceous glands.” These glands make an oily substance called “sebum” to moisten our hair and skin. When too much sebum is made, it can mix with dead skin cells (that we are constantly shedding) to create a sticky plug, which clogs the hair follicle. Your back and chest also have many sebaceous glands so that’s why some people get acne in these areas. There are effective treatments for acne that may include medication for severe breakouts. There are also things to avoid such as greasy lotions and avoiding squeezing or picking your skin. Read more about acne here.
- I have a terrible case of acne all over my back and face and I feel like hiding in a paper bag. What can I do?
- I have acne. In the last 3-4 months it has gotten worse and now I have been told that I have “cystic” acne. The pimples are mostly on my forehead and nothing is helping to make them go away. My periods are very irregular. Could my symptoms be related?
- I have used treatment for small pimples on my face but they haven’t gone away yet. What kind of creams and soaps should I use so they will disappear?