FDA Consumer Health Information: Facing Facts About Acne

Jan 12, 2010, 12:12 ET from U.S. Food and Drug Administration

SILVER SPRING, Md., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Often portrayed as a scourge of the teen years, acne can affect people of all ages.

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"Many see their acne go away by the time they reach their 30s," says Jane Liedtka, a medical officer at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). "But for some, acne persists into their 40s and 50s."

Spurred by inflammation of skin glands and of tiny, narrow canals in the skin known as hair follicles, acne is marked by pimples and other lesions. It commonly appears on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders.

Acne is not usually a serious health condition. "But it can cause significant emotional distress, as well as permanent scarring of skin tissue," says Liedtka.

To read the full FDA Consumer Update article, see Facing Facts About Acne at: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm174521.htm

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