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What is acne?
Acne is a condition of the skin that shows up as various types of bumps including whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, and cysts. The pores of your skin contain oil glands, which lubricates your hair and skin. Sometimes a pore may become 'clogged' with too much oil, dead skin cells, and even bacteria, causing acne.
If a pore becomes clogged, closes, and then bulges out, you have a whitehead. If a pore becomes clogged but stays open, the top may darken and you're left with a blackhead. Sometimes when the walls of the pore become damaged it allows bacteria and dead skin to work their way under the live skin. This leaves you with a red, but small infection called a pimple. Clogged pores that are open deep in the skin cause cysts which are generally infections or accumulations of sebum, larger than pimples.
What causes acne?
An important idea to remember as you study the condition of acne is that everyone is different, therefore, what may cause acne on you, may not on someone else.
Acne is generally caused by the build up of oil and dead skin in a pore; but what causes this build up of oil and dead skin?
- Natural hormones: Hormones are constantly produced by your body throughout your entire life, however, during the teenage years they tend to be the most active and most rapidly changing.
- Plugged skin: If a large number of skin cells exist on a regular basis they can close the oil glands or pores, creating blackheads or whiteheads, as discussed earlier.
- Bacteria: When bacteria is present on the skin it can easily infect the oil glands and pores. Bacteria thrives on the oil and can grow rapidly beneath plugged skin creating bad infections. This can create your 'classic' pimple or cyst; cysts are deeper, worse than a pimple and more likely to cause scarring.
- Family Background: If a parent had acne as a teenager, it is likely he/she can bet their kids will also have sensitive skin, especially during the adolescent years. Family background can tie into the other three causes listed above. e.g. Hormones and extra skin can be a character trait passed down.
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We have many products that are effective for teen and adult onset acne. If you have any questions regarding our product line for acne treatment or a daily regimen for problem-prone skin, please call our esthetician at 1-877-415-0600 Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 pm EST.