Pomona Sprout: "An excellent remedy for the more stubborn forms of acne, bubotuber pus. Should stop students resorting to desperate measures to rid themselves of pimples."
Hannah Abbott: "Like poor Eloise Midgen. She tried to curse hers off."
— Discussion of Eloise Midgen's acne[src]

Acne is an infection of the skin, caused by changes in the sebaceous glands which usually happen during puberty.[1] Acne can be treated with a solution of Bubotuber pus.[2]

Acne is also a part of a Mandrake's maturing cycle; once their acne has cleared up they are ready for repotting and after that reach maturity.[3]

Eloise Midgen was known to have a bad case of acne[2] and many of her colleagues at Hogwarts School used her as the standard against which really bad acne was to be measured.[4]

The effects of the Dumbledore's Army parchment jinx were stated in a generalised manner to make severe acne "look like a couple of cute freckles".

Moaning Myrtle is described as having "spotty" face, suggesting that she suffered from acne when she died.


Notes and references

  1. "Acne vulgaris" on Wikipedia
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 13 (Mad-Eye Moody)
  3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 13 (The Very Secret Diary)
  4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 17 (Educational Decree Number Twenty-Four)
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