It's so frustrating to look in a mirror and see a face dotted with embarrassing acne! What exactly is acne anyway? What causes it? And, more important, is there anything you may be overlooking in trying to rid yourself of this distressing problem? Here are some answers. What is acne? The word acne means an eruption on the face. In essence, acne is a disease that strikes the oil secreting system in the skin. This system, known as the pilosebaceous system, is made up of individual units consisting of three basic parts: a hair follicle (pilo comes from the Latin word for hair), an oil-producing gland (called the sebaceous gland) and a duct that connects the sebaceous gland to the surface of the skin.
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