Acne vulgaris is an extremely common condition affecting more than 80-90% of adolescents and young adults. It typically starts in late childhood or early teens, but onset may be delayed in some people well into their 20s and 30s. The incidence rate of acne is roughly the same in males and females but, males tend to have more serious conditions. Common therapies that are used for the treatment of acne include topical, systemic, herbal and combination therapies. This review is an attempt to trace out the causes of acne, to know its treatment options and precautions to be taken to prevent it.