What is the prognosis for Acne?

Acne is an inflammatory rash that is almost universal among individuals going through puberty in industrialized societies. It can, however, occur at all ages. Typical acne affects the skin of the face, chest, and back and rarely the neck and upper arms of teenagers and young adults. Because acne typically occurs during a time of dramatic physical and psychological changes associated with the development of one's body image, it can exacerbate social withdrawal and even depression. Left untreated, severe acne can lead to disfiguring scarring which can be difficult to treat.
  • Several myths exist about acne.
    • Acne is not a result of poor hygiene or infrequent washing. In other words, acne does not result from too much dirt on the skin or in the pores. Too much scrubbing may actually make acne worse.
    • Acne is not caused by eating "fast" foods, chocolate, or high-fat foods.
    • Acne is not a bacterial infection.

    Source: http://www.emedicinehealth.com