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WHAT IS
MODERATE TO
SEVERE ACNE?

Acne is a common skin condition that is
labeled based on its severity. It can be called:

  • MILD
  • MODERATE
  • SEVERE

Moderate to severe acne can be papules,
pustules, nodules, or cysts on the face, shoulders,
chest, or back.

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WHAT CAUSES
ACNE?

Our skin has small holes called pores. Dead skin cells can combine with excess oil from your skin and become trapped inside the pores, causing redness and swelling.

Acne can also be caused by bacteria called
P. acnes that naturally live on your skin.
P. acnes can get into a pore and quickly multiply, leading to skin that is red and swollen.

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ACNE AFFECTS APPROXIMATELY
85% OF AMERICANS BETWEEN
THE AGES OF 12 AND 24.

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SEPARATE THE
MYTHS FROM
REALITY

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MYTH

Blackheads are caused by dirt and can be
prevented by lots of washing.

REALITY

Blackheads are like rusty skin pigments. Lots of
washing could actually make your acne worse!

TIP

Use “non-comedogenic” moisturizers.
They don’t cause blackheads or whiteheads.

MYTH

Chocolates, candies, and greasy foods cause
acne and lead to breakouts.

REALITY

No specific foods are known to cause acne, but
reducing high levels of dairy and carbohydrates
could help your skin.

TIP

Speak with your healthcare provider before
making any big changes to your diet.

MYTH

Acne only affects teenagers.

REALITY

About 50% of teenagers with acne continue to
experience symptoms as adults, and a growing
number of women have acne in their 30s, 40s,
50s, and beyond.

TIP

It’s never too late get treatment for your acne!

MYTH

You should wait for acne to clear on its own.

REALITY

Without treatment, some acne can cause
permanent scarring and dark spots.

TIP

Speak to your healthcare provider about your
options for acne treatment.

MYTH

Antibiotic resistance means that your body no longer responds to antibiotics.

REALITY

It is not your body that becomes resistant to medicines; it is the bacteria that become resistant. This is why it’s important to take your antibiotic medicine as prescribed by your healthcare provider.

TIP

Ask your healthcare provider about the best way to take an antibiotic medication.

Reference:

1. SEYSARA [package insert]. Exton, PA: Almirall, LLC, 2020.