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Acne is a very common skin condition, so do not worry too much if you have it. It includes getting scaly red skin, blackheads and whiteheads, pimples and sometimes it can leave your skin a bit scarred.
Acne is a common skin condition that affects most people at some point. It causes spots to develop on the skin, usually on the face, back and chest.
The black of the blackheads is due to skin pigment, and is not dirt as some people think.
Picking and squeezing the spots may cause further inflammation and scarring.
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NON-EMERGENCY: Have a look at out "Get health information" page. Alternatively, call 111 for non-urgent medical advice.
MINOR INJURIES: We do not provide a minor injuries service. You should attend A&E or a local minor iunjuries unit. The LIVE WAITING times for these services are listed here.
EMERGENCY: Dial 999 or go to your nearest A&E Department (you must not dial 999 for anything other than an emergency)
If you do need to attend the emergency department at Torbay Hospital please read this leaflet.