What Is Hidradenitis Suppurativa And How Is It Different From Acne?Credit : Engin Akyurt/Pexels

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne affects up to 50 million Americans every year. It can occur at any stage and even affects adults in their 30s and 40s. In fact, adult acne cases are increasing and affects 15 percent of women. If you think that blackheads, whiteheads, and cystic acne are already the bane of your existence, just imagine if you also suffer from Hidradenitis Suppurativa.

What is Hidradenitis Suppurativa?

Hidradenitis Suppurativa, or HS, is a little-known condition that start as deep and painful lumps and is usually found in the armpits. It may look like pimples, acne cysts, boils, or folliculitis, which are infected hair follicles. That's part of the reason why it may take years for some people to notice and by that time, treatment can be more complicated. Allure reports that only one to four percent of the global population is affected by HS.