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Acne is a skin complaint that is seen most commonly during adolescence although it can continue into adulthood. Symptoms of acne mainly consist of spots — in other words, pimples or blemishes — that appear usually on the skin of the face and neck, but can also spread to the shoulders, back and chest.

Acne is caused by hormonal changes that affect the skin around the hair follicle and its associated sebaceous gland. There can be some scarring with acne, but its main detrimental effects are psychological, such as causing low self esteem, and it can also lead to depression.

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