About Acne

Acne vulgaris, commonly known simply as acne, affects an estimated 60 million Americans – including about 85 percent of people aged 12 to 24 years old. Although seen as a physical affliction, acne may have a significant and permanent psychosocial impact at any age.

There are four commonly cited causes of acne:

• Accumulation of oil in the hair follicle in the skin
• Propionibacterium acnes bacteria proliferation
• Inflammation
• Clogged pores due to the buildup of dead skin cells and debris

Beyond the pain that acne can cause as it develops, acne lesions can also cause scarring and the formation of dark marks on the skin. It has been reported that acne results in permanent scarring in more than 20% of teenagers, and that the risk of scarring increases the longer a person suffers from acne. Clearly, the effects of this dermatological disease are not only felt skin-deep: patients with acne may be left with lifelong scars both physically and emotionally.

For Parents…

…Seeking Medical Advice

If you are looking to have your acne or that of a loved one diagnosed by an expert, then it’s important to see a Board-certified dermatologist. Dermatologists specialize in skin, hair and nails, and see more acne patients than any other medical professional. If you are seeking a local dermatologist, one of the best resources is the American Academy of Dermatology. Visit to find a Board-certified dermatologist in your area.

If you are able to travel to the Acne Treatment and Research Center in Morristown, New Jersey, please visit for more information about our dermatologist, Dr. Hilary Baldwin, and the Center’s integrative and individualized treatment options.

…Seeking Information on Isotretinoin

The iPledge™ Program website is a resource to find registered pharmacies who will dispense oral isotretinoin. Visit for more information.

Based on iPledge Program data for a period of five years, more than 400,000 attempts to fill isotretinoin prescriptions were denied at the pharmacy. There are resources out there to help patients and healthcare professionals avoid these denials.

The Promius Promise™ is a unique pharmacy service designed to bridge the needs of isotretinoin patients and their health care providers. Available at (855) 345-6789, the Promius Promise will answer questions you might have about isotretinoin and assist with insurance coverage, if applicable.

…Seeking To Support Acne Research and Medical Education

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If you are looking for more information on medical education in acne, please visit or support the American Acne & Rosacea Society (AARS), a non-profit Society of dermatologist and pediatricians. Their website is which communicates to medical healthcare professionals and funds research in acne and rosacea.

…Seeking Support and Guidance for their Teen


If you are seeking information or support for a child, teen or young adult suffering from acne, visit The Clear Skin Project at

…Seeking Clinical Trial Participation

If you are looking to enroll in an acne clinical trial in your area, visit