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    Acne - Symptoms

    Acne develops most often on the face, neck, chest, shoulders, or back and can range from mild to severe. It can last for a few months, many years, or come and go your entire life.

    Mild acne usually causes only whiteheads and blackheads. At times, these may develop into an infection in the skin pore (pimple).

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    Skin Conditions: Teenage Acne

    Almost all teens get acne. It happens when an oily substance called sebum clogs pores. Pimples usually pop up on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. Acne isn't a serious health risk, though severe acne can cause permanent scars. Acne can also damage self-esteem.

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    Severe acne can produce hundreds of pimples that cover large areas of skin. Cystic lesions are pimples that are large and deep. These lesions are often painful and can leave scars on your skin.

    Acne can lead to low self-esteem and sometimes depression. These conditions need treatment along with the acne.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: March 17, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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