Causes Of Acne

Written by Serena Berger
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Acne is not fully understood, even by doctors who have spent years helping patients treat it. This painful and self-esteem threatening condition plagues millions of people (not just teens, by any means), and experts cannot always pin down the reason. There are direct causes which can be isolated and treated, but sometimes the root causes are more ambiguous, and can persist even when several types of treatment are attempted.

Some of the Causes of Acne

Pores clogged with excess oil are the direct cause of acne--material from make-up and other products applied to the face or environmental pollutants which stick to oil compound the problem and turn a little bit of oil into a serious blemish. Excess oil production can be traced to an excess of certain hormones, so many people blame hormones for acne--but scientists have observed countless cases in which acne cleared up naturally over time while the level of sebum production and hormones did not decrease. They still don't understand why. Stress and environmental factors (such as humidity and pollution) often make acne worse, but they are not solely responsible, either. Bacteria can also be a cause of acne, in which case it must be treated with an antibiotic.

It is possible that your acne treatment products are making your acne worse. Because there are many different causes, there are many different types of treatment. If you are not getting results by using a product which dries out the skin, there is a good chance that you are using the wrong type of product for you. Seeing a doctor is the best way to make sure you're using the best products for your unique case.

It is possible to have dry skin and acne. Many people think that oily skin and acne inevitably go hand in hand, but this is not universally true. Acne can come from just a little bit of oil combined with any number of the other causal factors in greater proportion. Dry skin can contribute because you are likely to have a lot of flaky dry bits of skin which can turn into pore clogging material, and you will also have dry skin covering the pores in which everything is trapped.

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