Acne and spots
A whitehead is a skin pore that is blocked by a plug deep down.
- A blackhead is a pore that has become plugged at its opening. The black colour is a build-up of the normal skin pigments from dead cells (the same pigment that is responsible for a suntan) – it is not dirt.
What is the difference between spots and acne?
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Written by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Edited by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Last updated: Wednesday, April 29th 2015
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Acne and spots
The worst ages for spots are 16-18 years for women and 18-19 years for men, but people of any age can get them
Acne was more severe in teenagers 20 years ago than it is now
More people in their 20s and 30s seem to have acne these days
At 40 years of age, 5 women in 100 and 1 man in 100 have acne
The ancient Egyptians relied on a spot cream made from bullocks' bile, ostrich egg, olive oil, salt and plant resin, mixed to a paste with flour and milk
Americans spend $100 million a year buying acne treatments