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What is acne?
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What is acne?

Acne, pimples and blackheads are the scourge of millions throughout the world. Gender, race and often age don’t come into the equation. Acne and pimples can be devastating to self esteem at any age.

Various types of acne include cystic acne, pimples, cyst type lumps and blackheads. Problems can range from an occasional nuisance to very serious skin issues.

In broad terms Acne and pimples occur when a pore is blocked and bacteria invades the area. Sebaceous glands excrete excessive sebum (oil) which then mixes with dead skin cells. This mix blocks pores and a pimple or blind pimple develops. When bacteria enters the scene, maybe from a finger, pus forms. 

The teens and young 20’s are the most common ages for acne to occur. At that stage testosterone levels are very high and this contributes to the production of excessive sebum and formation of pimples and acne.

Adult acne can appear even in the 40’s and 50’s although at this age it is more likely to be Rosacea.

CONTRIBUTING FACTORS:

  • Dead skin cells building up in pores
  • Excessive or thick sebum production
  • Hormones
  • Stress
  • Diet
  • Skin care products including makeup
  • Sunscreen
  • Using cleansers or soap that have a high pH (Above 7)

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