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Acne is a disorder resulting from the action of hormones
on the skin's oil glands (sebaceous glands), which leads to plugged
pores and outbreaks of lesions commonly called pimples or zits. Acne
lesions usually occur on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders.
Nearly 17 million people in the United States have acne, making it the
most common skin disease. Although acne is not a serious health threat,
severe acne can lead to disfiguring, permanent scarring, which can be
upsetting to people who are affected by the disorder.