Acne vulgaris usually begins during puberty, in line with hormone changes, and may persist into later adulthood. Adults, particularly women, may experience acne later in life.

Acne usually affect the face, but the neck, shoulders, chest and back may be affected too.

Skin becomes oily and comedones (black and whiteheads) may appear on the face. In moderate acne, skin becomes reddened and inflamed pimples develop. Painful acne cysts is a sign of severe acne. Scarring and pigmentation is a common complaint.

It is important to seek dermatological advice in the early stages of acne. There is treatment available for every grade of acne and for any age group.