How can acne spread to other areas?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Acne usually occurs on the face and neck, but it can spread to the shoulders, chest, and back. When acne flares, it causes inflammation, pain, and even scarring. Good daily skin care can help reduce the spread of acne lesions. Acne is caused by excess sebum (oil), dead skin cells, and bacteria clogging your pores. To keep acne at bay, wash your skin twice a day with a mild, non-abrasive cleanser to remove oil buildup. But don't overdo it. Washing too much or too hard can irritate your skin. Instead, gently massage cleanser on your skin with your fingertips. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry. Talk to a dermatologist (a doctor who specializes in treating skin, nail, and hair conditions) about ways to help prevent the spread of acne.

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