By Carlisle and Kathy

What is Acne?

A skin condition that occurs when hair follicles plug with oil and dead skin cells.

What are some signs and/ or symptoms?

Symptoms range from uninflamed blackheads to pus-filled pimples or large, red, and tender bumps.

What does it look like?

What kind of doctor would you go and see?

Seeing a doctor is not always necessary with this condition. However seeing a regular dermatologist is recommended for severe cases.

What is the treatment?

Usually self-treatable. Treatments include over-the-counter creams and cleanser, as well as prescription antibiotics.

What is the prognosis?

For most people the prognosis is great, you pop the pimple it goes away. For the severe cases though that doesn't always happen. Severe acne that is left untreated for an extremely long time can result in scarring. These scars can appear as pits or sometimes as big, bumpy scars. The scarring of acne can also be treated but it is a lot more difficult. Your doctor can tell you about various ways available to treat acne scars.