What are the symptoms of acne?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Acne usually includes a variety of skin inflammations, most commonly pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads. Blackheads are small bumps with little black dots in the center. Whiteheads look similar, but without the black dot. Pimples are usually larger bumps of red, irritated skin with a white center. Depending on the severity of the acne-mild, moderate, or severe-larger cysts and abscesses can also appear. Acne is most commonly found on the face, but can also form on the back, chest, and shoulders.

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