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The most common form of acne is known as "acne vulgaris", meaning "common acne."
Excessive secretion of oils from the glands combines with naturally occurring dead skin cells to block the hair follicles.
Oil secretions build up beneath the blocked pore, providing a perfect environment for the skin bacteria Propionibacterium acnes to
multiply uncontrolled. In response, the skin inflames, producing the visible lesion. The face, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms are especially affected.
The typical acne lesions are: comedones, papules, pustules, nodules and inflammatory cysts. These are the more inflamed form of
pus-filled or reddish bumps, even boil-like tender swellings. Non-inflamed 'sebaceous cysts', more properly called epidermoid cysts,
occur either in association with acne or alone but are not a constant feature. After resolution of acne lesions, prominent unsightly scars
Aside from scarring, its main effects are psychological, such as reduced self-esteem and depression. Acne usually appears during adolescence,
when people already tend to be most socially insecure.
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