You're not alone—acne is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that affects up to 50 million people in the U.S. each year. Acne is caused when oil glands overproduce and clog pores. When the pores in the skin become clogged, bacteria on the skin multiply, causing pimples, lesions, or acne. In total, 85 percent of people experience acne, whether a minor or severe case, at least once throughout their lifetime. Acne treatments cost upwards of $3 billion each year (collectively). Treat acne by gently washing areas affected by acne at least twice per day and again after sweating. Use a hydrating cleanser such as our Obagi CLENZiderm M.D. Therapeutic Lotion. Its creamy texture heals skin lesions quickly without causing dryness or irritation. Hydration is extremely important and effective in treating acne; it will help your skin heal and prevent the overproduction of oil. Keep in mind—vigorous washing and scrubbing can irritate your skin and make acne worse. Be gentle, be radiant.