Acne Law and Legal Definition

Acne is a skin condition characterized by whiteheads, blackheads, and inflamed red pimples, commonly called "zits". The condition is caused by the tiny holes on the surface of the skin, called pores, becoming plugged. Each pore is an opening to a canal called a follicle, which contains a hair and an oil gland. Normally, the oil glands help keep the skin lubricated and help remove old skin cells. When glands produce too much oil, the pores can become blocked, trapping dirt, debris, and bacteria.

Acne tends to be hereditary and can be triggered by:

  • Hormonal changes related to menstrual periods, pregnancy, birth control pills, or stress
  • Greasy or oily cosmetic and hair products
  • Certain drugs
  • High levels of humidity and sweating