Children's Health and Wellness

What Do You Know About Acne?

Acne is the most common skin disease in the U.S. Test your knowledge of acne by taking this quiz.

1. What part of the skin does acne affect?You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Glands at the base of hair follicles make oil. The oil travels up the hair shaft. Oil trapped inside follicles causes acne.A. EpidermisB. EndodermisC. Hair folliclesD. Hair shaft2. Where does acne most often show up?You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Acne also often shows up on the chest.A. FaceB. BackC. ShouldersD. All of the above3. Which of these causes acne?You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Hormones, your genes, greasy makeup, and certain medicines are more likely to cause skin blemishes. Pimples are not caused by dirty skin, or by eating pizza or chocolate. But recent studies say that sugar in your diet may affect acne. Stress does not cause acne. But stress can make acne worse.A. Not keeping skin cleanB. Not eating a healthy dietC. Not getting exerciseD. None of the above4. Which of these things makes it more likely that blackheads will form?You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Dead skin cells are shed quickly inside the follicles during the teen years. The dead cells mix with oil in the glands and block follicles. This causes blackheads or pimples.A. BacteriaB. ChocolateC. Clogged folliclesD. Dirty skin5. Which of these hormones triggers acne in adolescents?You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is During adolescence androgen causes the oil glands at the base of follicles to get larger. The glands also make more sebum. Glands affected by the hormone are more likely to develop acne.A. AndrogenB. EstrogenC. EndorphinD. Norepinephrine6. Acne can be treated with which of these?You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is

Dermatologists have several goals in treating acne:

  • Heal the existing acne
  • Stop new acne from forming
  • Stop scarring
  • Ease the stress and embarrassment that acne can cause
A. Skin cleansersB. Oral antibioticsC. Oral vitamin A medicinesD. All of the above7. Some cosmetics and skin products can make acne worse. What kind of cosmetic is least likely to do so?You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is You should make sure all of your makeup is oil-free. This includes everything from eye shadow to hair care products. Choose products that are labeled noncomedogenic.A. Oil-free (noncomedogenic)B. Lip products with moisturizersC. Gel hair productsD. None of the above8. How does being in the sun affect acne?You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is When your skin is exposed to the sun, it can become dry and irritated. This can trigger your skin to make more oil. Sun exposure also raises the risk for acne scaring. Many acne treatments also make the skin vulnerable to UV damage. You should avoid spending a long time in the sun. When you do have to be in the sun, be sure to use sunscreen that is oil-free.A. Clears up pimplesB. Boosts the amount of oil your skin makesC. Makes scars less visibleD. All of the aboveYour score was:
Print Source: A systematic review of the evidence for ‘myths and misconceptions’ in acne management: diet, face-washing and sunlight. Magin P. Family Practice. 2005; 22; pp. 62-70.
Print Source: Created for Vitality magazine
Print Source: Diet and Acne. Bowe W. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. 2010;63:124-41.
Print Source: Pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, and diagnosis of acne vulgaris. Up to Date.
Online Source: Acne vulgaris, Merck Manual Professional Editionhttp://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/dermatologic-disorders/acne-and-related-disorders/acne-vulgaris
Online Source: Who Gets Acne? National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseaseshttp://www.niams.nih.gov/health_info/Acne/acne_ff.asp#b
Online Source: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseaseshttp://www.niams.nih.gov/health_info/acne/default.asp
Author: Floria, Barbara
Online Editor: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Medical Reviewer: Berman, Kevin, MD, PhD
Online Medical Reviewer: Kolbus, Karin, RN, DNP, COHN-S
Date Last Reviewed: 4/26/2015