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Acne is a common skin condition that affects most people at some point during their life. It causes spots to develop on the skin, usually on the face, back and chest.
Symptoms of acne
Acne causes skin lesions (damaged tissue) that are commonly referred to as spots. It most commonly develops on the face, back and chest.
Causes of acne
Teenage acne is thought to be triggered by increased levels of a hormone called testosterone, which occurs during puberty.
Diagnosing acne
Your GP will be able diagnosis acne by looking at your skin. This will involve examining your face, chest and back for the different types of spot.
Treating acne
Treatment options for acne depend on the severity of the condition. Most treatments can take up to three months to work.
Complications of acne
Acne scarring can sometimes develop as a complication of acne. This is more common when the most serious types of spots burst and damage nearby skin.
'Acne can be managed and you can be happy'
When Will developed severe acne in his early teens, it destroyed his self-esteem. It was only when he tried the drug isotretinoin at 18 that his acne finally cleared up.
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