Does acne tend to show up on other parts of the body besides the face?

Yes. Acne is a condition of the skin and it can show up on any part of the body. Some areas of the body are more prone to develop acne, including the face, chest and back. These areas have a higher percentage of sebaceous glands, which produce sebum. When bacteria mix with sebum near these glands, an acne lesion can form. Areas of thicker skin, like the palms of the hands and soles of the feet do not develop acne; however, it is possible for acne to appear on the neck, arms, legs or genital regions. While these areas are less common, some people have more sebaceous glands than others and may be prone to acne on any portion of the skin with a high percentage of these glands.

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