Acne and spots
What is a spot?
- 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.
In the future
What is the difference between spots and acne?
What works for you? At embarrassingproblems.com we are committed to helping our visitors find solutions to their health problems. We’re delighted that 15,000 of you have tackled your problems, but we want this figure to be much higher. If you’ve found a product that works, others will want to know about it too. Please leave a comment on this page, or write to us at email@example.com. Spread the word and let’s tackle it, move on!
Written by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Edited by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Last updated: Thursday, January 31st 2013
Useful contacts for Acne and spots
Click to see all the contacts that you may find useful in relation to acne and spots
683 people have
tackled this problem!
Tell us your thoughts
Did you find what you were looking for?
Add a comment
A problem shared is a problem halved: help others by sharing your frustrations or successes at tackling your health problem.
We have noticed that many of your queries are actually answered on the website, so please read carefully before submitting a comment. As all comments are moderated, there will be a delay before your comment appears. Please note that we cannot respond to individual requests for feedback.
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