What Causes Acne BreakoutsAcne is a disease of the pilosebaceous unit or "pores". (i.e. the structure containing the hair follicle, the hair, and the oil glands.
Acne affects males and females at any age but occurs more frequently in the teenage years. The disease may present as a mild nuisance with occasional pimples and plugged pores or severe, with massive inflammation and scarring. The most severe forms of acne occur more frequently in males but the disease tends to persist more frequently in females. Acne usually occurs on the face, chest, arms, and back. It may be short lived or persistent for decades. The psychological effects of Acne range from mild to complete incapacitation.