Acne Treatment

What is acne?1

Acne occurs when pores get clogged with oil and dead skin cells. It's commonly characterized by three blemish types:


Clogged pore causes a follicle wall to bulge


Clogged pore opens to surface and darkens


Blocked pore becomes infected and creates a red bump2

Other signs of acne include crusting or redness around skin eruptions, inflammation, pustules and skin scars.

Walgreens Healthcare Clinic providers can treat acne for a variety of skin types. Clinics are open evenings and weekends, so you can get skin care help when your schedule allows.


What causes clogged pores?

Overproduction of oil

Overproduction of oil

Hair follicle irritation

Hair follicle irritation

Bacteria buildup

Bacteria buildup

Where am I likely to get acne?

Most people get acne on their face, neck, chest, back and shoulders, because these areas have the most functioning oil glands.

What to expect at your acne appointment

Your Walgreens Healthcare Clinic appointment will include an exam, questions about your skin care and history, and treatment options.

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"BAM! Body and Mind, Under the Microscope," The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, May 9, 2015,

1 "What you need to know about acne," Medical News Today, November 27, 2017

2 "Cystic acne: What is it and how do you treat it?" WebMD, August 26, 2016,