This is a disease of the pilosebaceous unit. It’s very common, affecting approximately 85% of young people. It may even appear first when you are 25 years or older.  Emotional stress can definitely cause it to get worse. Occlusion and pressure on the skin (acne mechanica), such as by leaning your face on your hands, is very important and is often unrecognized as a factor that makes it worse.

How can a dermatologist help?

Depending on its severity, acne can be controlled with chemical peels, oral medicines, gels, creams or a combination of these.