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How does acne affect the body?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Most often, acne affects the skin of the face, back, upper chest, and shoulders. People with mild acne will have a few blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples, which may be slightly painful or uncomfortable but usually don't scar the skin. Moderate acne includes more pimples, and skin may be more inflamed and uncomfortable. People with severe acne may have large, painful lumps of pus that form abscesses covering the skin. In mild and moderate acne, the skin usually recovers normally after pimples heal, but in cases of severe acne, the skin may be permanently scarred even after the cysts and abscesses heal.

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