Teen Talk – What is acne?
Acne is considered a disease of our pilosebaceous units. What, you ask, are those? Well it’s a fancy name for our hair follicles. Our skin is covered with hair follicles, which we often refer to as “pores”. Attached to each hair follicle is a sebaceous gland, which produces sebum, or oil, that in normal amounts our skin needs in order to stay healthy. Sebaceous glands are everywhere on our bodies, except our palms, soles of our feet, tops of our feet and our lower lip. They are most numerous on our face, chest, back and upper outer arms.