• Alternative Names

    Acne vulgaris; Cystic acne; Pimples; Zits


    Acne commonly appears on the face and shoulders, but it may also occur on the trunk, arms, legs, and buttocks.

    • Blackheads
    • Crusting of skin bumps
    • Cysts
    • Papules (small red bumps)
    • Pustules
    • Redness around the skin eruptions
    • Scarring of the skin
    • Whiteheads

    Signs and tests

    Your doctor can diagnose acne based on the appearance of the skin. Testing is usually not required.