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What causes acne?

What Causes Acne
What causes acne breakouts

The most basic cause of acne is when the pores of your skin become clogged, usually with dead skin cells. Once this happens the natural oil in our skin called sebum is trapped inside the pores or hair follicles. Sebum is produced by the sebaceous gland and is essential to help waterproof our skin and hair and to stop them from drying out. Acne vulgaris is the broad term used to describe all these skin inflammations, acne lesions, pimples, whiteheads and blackheads, surprsingly they effect around 85% of the population at some point in their lives.

Hormones and the cause of acne

The bodies hormonal balance plays a large part in the production of sebum, and so teenagers with an increase in certain hormones (androgens) are likely to experience an increase in the production of sebum and be more prone to acne breakouts. Likewise some women may experience an increase in sebum levels at certain times during their monthly cycle and so suffer from adult acne.

Bacteria and inflammation

Sebum alone is not responsible for an acne breakout. A natural bacteria is also to blame. In the blocked pores of our skin this bacteria increases rapidly, feed by the excess of sebum oil it quickly causes inflammation and this is why pimples often look red and swollen. It is also believed that certain greasy cosmetics may contribute to the cause of acne. By altering the structure of cells and causing the hair follicles to stick together this in turn may contribute to blocked pores.

Good health

It really is a myth that chocolate and fatty foods will lead to acne, but that's not to say that our diet plays no part. Hormonal levels in our body are influenced by many things, a diet consisting mainly of high G.I. (glycaemic index) foods like bread, fries and other simple carbohydrates will cause rapid fluctuations in the bodies blood sugar levels. Sugar levels will rise sharply and then drop just as sharply. These dramatic fluctuations can effect our hormonal balance and ultimately lead to acne. The best diet is a balanced one.

Severe acne may require prescribed medications from a dermatologist, but many people will benefit from the use of sulfur soap. It both dries and exfoliates helping keep pores open and also acts as an antibacterial to help with inflammation that ultimately could cause acne scars. So now you have some idea what causes acne.