What Causes Acne?

Acne is an incredibly common skin condition that will affect most of us during our lifetime. However, despite this, misinformation regarding acne is rife. Oil glands, known as sebaceous glands, lie under the skin and produce a substance called sebum, which moves through the hair follicles and is secreted onto the skin’s surface. This process helps to remove dead skin cells, but the structures through which sebum flows are prone to blockages. These blockages are what causes acne. Non inflammatory acne takes the form of whiteheads or blackheads, whereas inflammatory acne results in pustules and papules on the skin.

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