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How does acne happen?

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Acne affects the oil glands under your skin. When the tunnels that connect those glands to small holes on your skin's surface (pores) get clogged, a pimple grows. Sometimes, these bumps have pus in them and hurt.

Acne breakouts most often happen on your face, neck, back, and shoulders.

From: Eczema vs. Acne: Which Is It? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "What is Acne: Fast Facts."

National Eczema Society: "What is Eczema?"

National Eczema Association: "You're not alone," "Atopic dermatitis: All in the Family?" "Sun Protection," "Sunscreen."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Adult acne," "Atopic dermatitis," "Reducing stress may help lead to clearer skin," "Proper skin care lays the foundation for successful acne and rosacea treatment."

DermNet New Zealand: "Complications of atopic dermatitis."

Mayo Clinic: "Acne," "Atopic dermatitis (Eczema)," "Helping Stop Pimples."

American Family Physician: "Diagnosis and Treatment of Acne."

National Jewish Health: "Eczema: Treatment," "Wet Wrap Therapy."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on January 29, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "What is Acne: Fast Facts."

National Eczema Society: "What is Eczema?"

National Eczema Association: "You're not alone," "Atopic dermatitis: All in the Family?" "Sun Protection," "Sunscreen."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Adult acne," "Atopic dermatitis," "Reducing stress may help lead to clearer skin," "Proper skin care lays the foundation for successful acne and rosacea treatment."

DermNet New Zealand: "Complications of atopic dermatitis."

Mayo Clinic: "Acne," "Atopic dermatitis (Eczema)," "Helping Stop Pimples."

American Family Physician: "Diagnosis and Treatment of Acne."

National Jewish Health: "Eczema: Treatment," "Wet Wrap Therapy."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on January 29, 2019

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