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Alternate Names : Acne Vulgaris, Pimples

Acne | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the condition?

Acne may occur on a person's face, neck, chest, back, shoulders, scalp, and upper arms and legs. Comedones, or clogged pores, are the first signs of acne. There are 2 types of comedones:

  • blackheads, which are incompletely clogged pores capped with blackened dust or debris
  • whiteheads, which are completely clogged pores
  • A comedone may also break through the pore wall underneath the skin and release its contents. This causes a pimple or pustule. If this substance is released deep into the skin it will cause a cyst, which is a small, pus-filled bump beneath the skin.

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    Acne: Diagnosis & Tests

    Author: Lynn West, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/27/01

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