Blackheads. Whiteheads. Pimples. Greasy skin. They’re all symptoms of acne, which affects over 70 percent of young people. These appear because hair follicles under the skin clog up. The most affected areas are face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. Anyone can get acne, but it is especially common in teenagers and young adults because of the increase of hormones, such as testosterone. In many cases, it comes and goes in a period of two to three years, but it often may continue into adulthood.

Acne may cause the skin to be painful to the touch, and even leave permanent marks or scars. And, because of its visibility, acne often leads to anxiety, frustration, and low self-esteem. Cases of severe acne should be evaluated by a medical professional.

How can you lessen the effects of acne?

If acne is stressing you out, talk to caring friends and family about your feelings. Listen to others’ experiences. And most importantly, don’t hide out because of acne. Instead, keep an active social life with people who care, and live by the principles of love, acceptance, and respect.