Acne is a skin condition that can affect the face, the upper chest, and the back, most commonly during adolescence. In some people, however, acne persists well into adulthood. The condition causes inflamed red bumps, whiteheads and blackheads, commonly referred to as pimples or zits, to erupt on the surface of the skin.
Early treatment of acne is important to prevent scarring of the skin, and to provide the emotional and social benefits of smooth, unblemished skin. In some cases, self-care using a mild soap or face wash is enough to clear up acne, and in other cases, over the counter medication is effective. In some stubborn cases, the team at Dermatology Consultants may recommend prescription topical and oral medications and procedures.