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What Causes Acne in the First Place?

There are many myths associated with acne. If you are suffering from this skin condition, deciphering between what is real and not can be very important. There are typically three deciding factors on what induces this skin condition. Over production of oil in the skin, agitation of hair follicles as a result of abnormal shedding of flaky, dead skin cells and the build-up of bacteria can all lead to this skin condition.

Although acne is typically associated with adolescents, it can occur in adulthood as well. This skin condition is the result of clogged hair follicles. When follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells, the result is irritated skin. How does this work? Well, each individual hair follicle is in someway connected to a sebaceous gland. This gland’s job is to create oils. The medical term for these oils is sebum. The job of this oil is to soften your skin and hair through lubrication.

The sebum begins its travels through the hair tunnels in order to find its way out of the hair follicle in order to do its lubrication duties. The problem occurs when too much oil is produced and then mixed with dead skin cells. Both the oils and dead skin cells mix together and create a clog.

Pimples that appear on the face are a result of this clog. This mix of oil and dead skin pushes against the follicle wall, thus the white head of a pimple. Blackheads are formed when the clog is exposed to the skin’s surface in open air.

The lumps that occur with this skin condition are a result of clogs that occur deep within the skin’s surface. They form cysts beneath the skin. Their location deep beneath the skin is the reason you cannot see the white or black head. Wondering about sweat glands? Well, they are normally not associated with this type of skin condition.

So, the cause of how pimples are formed may be clear, but the reason behind the increased amount of oil production is still not clear, even to researchers. There are some indications of why this production increases. Hormone imbalances, bacteria, side effect of medicines and simple heredity factors all play a role.

Often, people wrongly associate acne with poor hygiene. This is not true. Cleanliness is not the matter in this case. Scrubbing your face with soaps trying to get rid of the “dirt” may increase skin irritation. If you find that you cannot deal with your skin problem on your own, consult a doctor for further assistance.

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