Acne is a common skin condition involving the oil-producing glands in the skin. Acne spots (often called zits or blemishes) can include blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and large, red, painful bumps and cysts. (See more on the signs and symptoms of acne).
Almost all acne sufferers (99%) have spots on the face. Acne can also affect the neck, back, chest and shoulders.
Who gets acne? You are not alone!
# Acne affects most teens and young adults.
# Around 85% of 12 – 24 years old have acne.
# Acne affects people of all ethnic groups.
# In Canada, acne affects 5 million Canadians or almost 20% of the population.
# In the past, acne was seen as a mainly teenage skin problem. However, studies show it is prevalent in adults too, particularly women. Up to 22% of women – or 1 in 5 – suffer from acne.
# Acne is ranked in the top 3 most prevalent skin conditions in the USA, UK and France.
Acne can be mild, moderate or severe. Find out more about the Types of acne here.