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Spots, whiteheads and blackheads are all acne. Acne is caused by the blockage of oil producing glands which causes them to inflame. These glands are blocked by oil and dead skin cells.

Glands produce more oil in response to hormones and as a teenager, there are a lot of hormones hanging out in your body. Bacteria that normally live on everyone's skin love the oil and multiply causing those painful red spots with pus.

Spots can occur anywhere but common places include the T zone on your face, the back, neck or chest.

Acne can affect some people more than others, sometimes it can really hurt and sometimes other people in the family have it too. When hormone levels go down as you get older, the acne often gets better.

There is some good news though, if it is properly treated at an early stage it can be effectively tackled and the risk of scarring can be greatly reduced.

Myths about Acne (things which are not true)

  • Spots are caused by dirt
  • Spots are caused by chocolate, pizza and chips
  • Spots are caused by too much sex or masturbating
  • Spots are catching

Acne can be very stressful and can make you feel really down. Just remember that you are not alone and having acne is a normal part of growing up.

We can give you some top tips for ditching the zits!

Related Questions

  • Age: 22
    Gender: Male


    My skin is oily. And I eat some spicy and oily food. I have acne for the last 5 yrs. Please give some tip to clear all my pimples and blackheads. And shall I eat oily and spicy food?"



    Your skin is oily because you eat oily foods. Here are some simple tips that should help clear up your skin.

    • Reduce the amount of oily foods that you eat.
    • Ensure that you have a balanced diet with the inclusion of fruits and vegetables.
    • Water is very important for healthy skin, ensure that you have your full eight fluid ounces daily and you should see some improvements in your skin.
    • Wash your face with some warm water at nights before you go to bed. This removes some of the excess grease and dirt.
    • It is important that you wash your hands regularly as it is very easy to transfer germs from your hands to your face.
    • You also need to check that you are not having an allergic reaction to any products that you use on your face eg soaps etc.

    If you still have persistent acne, you would need to visit your GP, who may refer you to a dermatologist.