Acne is a skin condition which has plugged pores (blackheads and whiteheads), inflamed pimples, and deeper lumps (nodules) and occurs on the face, as well as the neck, chest, back, shoulders, and upper arms. While acne is most often associated with teenagers, adults can develop acne as well. Acne often clears up on its own without treatment. However, severe acne can be disfiguring, as well as cause emotional trauma to the patient, and it should be treated by a dermatologist.
Treatments include topical creams, gels, or lotions; antibiotics taken by mouth, or special treatments such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels.