Acne is a skin condition. It includes plugged oil glands (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples and deeper lumps (nodules). Acne occurs on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and even the upper arms. It is most often is seen during adolescence but it can occur at any age. During adolescence, acne is caused by an increased amount of, or an increased sensitivity to male hormone levels.

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What causes acne?

During adolescence, an increase in male hormones or an increased sensitivity to these hormone levels, along with excessive plugging of oil glands, can cause acne.

Can you cure acne?

As much as we’d all like acne to be curable, it’s not. However, dermatologists at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin can prescribe medication and other treatments to help control acne and reduce the chances of permanent scarring.

The good news is that most acne will go away as you get older. Although some adults get acne, the majority of people who have acne as teens will not have it as adults.

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