What it is:

Acne is the most common skin disease in the United States. Not just for teenagers, acne affects 80 percent of Americans at some point in their lives. Acne pimples can present as white heads, black heads, or red and inflamed cystic acne. Family history, hormonal fluctuation, bacteria, and stress can contribute to the development of acne.


A combination of topical retinoid and antimicrobial therapy are the first step toward treating acne. Other therapies include oral antibiotics, hormonal therapy, chemical peels, and in severe cases, retinoids. It may take some time to find the right combination of treatments to heal your skin.