I don't want to return to the past. I don't yearn for when I was 18 years old. I was in high school then. I had acne. I had a terrible hairdo. I'm sure I was sporting polyester pants - Joe Scarborough


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How fashion is embracing the pimple positivity movement we desperately need

Airplane restrooms. Clothing store dressing rooms. The bathroom cabinet. As any skin-obsessive knows, these places have that perfect combination of uninterrupted mirror access and unflattering lighting necessary to inspect every (blocked) pore of your face. Crucially, each of them is also private. Because pimples are still, for the most part, a reality we try to reckon with in secrecy. We tend to them alone in our bedrooms. We apply creams and cover-up. We erase them with skin-smoothing app filters. And when they break out into public view we're at best annoyed (see: My So-Called Life episode "The Zit") and, at worst, dangerously depressed.

But things are changing. Thanks largely…

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 How fashion is embracing the pimple positivity movement we desperately need

If we're going to prove that the current body positivity movement is more than just skin deep, we need to extend our embrace of our skin — in all its variousness — beyond the catwalk and social media. Pimples are a natural part of being human, it's time we let them shine.

Acne Guide

Acne is the most common skin disease seen by dermatologists, and is a common source of anxiety of embarrassment for teenagers, as well as adults. Acne can cause permanent scarring, pigmentation problems, and even be a source of depression. Fortunately, there are many treatments that can manage the disease effectively.

Our mission is to give you the facts you need about Acne fast so you can get on the road to clear skin right away.

Our step-by-step guide. Includes how acne forms, myths, personalized advice and treatment options.


Stop worrying about acne! There are way too many acne treatments available to resolve the problem. Almost 80 % of population all over the world is perplexed by the action of acne. All of them suffer from acne at some or the other point in their life. So, every acne sufferer should learn what basically is acne.


No drugstore product is this customized. We use your photos, your history, and your goals to pick powerful active ingredients just for you. From occasional spots to full-on breakouts, our easy overnight treatment has you covered.

American Academy of Dermatology

Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. Though common, accurate information about acne can be scarce. This can make it difficult to get clearer skin. The information on this site can help you understand acne and how to successfully treat it.

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology

Waiting to "outgrow" acne can be a serious mistake. Medical treatment can improve your appearance and self esteem, and prevent the development of lifelong scars.

DermNet NZ

Acne and other Follicular Disorders.

There are many different treatments for acne. Not all people respond to the same treatments. If the first medications do not work, chances are the second ones will.


If you're almost a teen, chances are pretty good that you have some acne. About 8 in 10 preteens and teens have acne, along with many adults. In fact, about 17 million people in the United States have acne.


Zits. Pimples. Blemishes. No matter what you call them, acne can be distressing and annoyingly persistent. Acne lesions heal slowly, and when one begins to resolve, others seem to crop up.


No one knows exactly what causes acne. Hormone changes, such as those during the teenage years and pregnancy, probably play a role. There are many myths about what causes acne.

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