Definition of Acne

Acne is a skin disorder that is caused by the overproduction of sebum (oil) in the skin.   The human skin possesses tiny holes or pores that are connected to the sebum glands and tiny canals called follicles. The function of sebum is to convey dead skin via the follicles towards the surface of the skin.

Normally, the sebum lubricates the skin.  However, the sebum doesn’t escape the oil ducts and it accumulates germs and dirt turning into whiteheads, blackheads and pimples.  Excess of these skin disorders is termed acne.  Acne can occur deep in the skin and can turn into lesions called cysts.

The areas of the skin that are the most susceptible to acne are the ones where the biggest deposit of oil glands is located.

The parts of the body with highest accumulation of oil glands include the:

  • The back
  • The chest
  • The face

The only harm that acne does is the disfigurement of your body, especially the face.  If you handle your acne the wrong way, you may permanently disfigure your face.

Besides pimples, whiteheads and blackheads, acne can also include:

  • Cysts
  • Nodules
  • Pustules
  • Papules

Acne often strikes people in their teens. Some of the causes of acne include:

  • An uncontrolled sex drive
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Poor hygiene


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