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What Causes Acne?

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Understanding the causes of acne is important if you want to get the treatment right. Acne doesn’t occur as a result of poor diet or hygiene, so the acne treatment you receive at the London clinic will focus on other factors instead.

Your Sebaceous Glands
The cause of acne lies in some tiny glands that are found in your skin. The sebaceous glands are attached to the hair follicles that grow all over your skin, even in the areas that seem to be hair-free. These glands are responsible for producing oily sebum, which prevents your skin and hair from drying out. Normally, this should keep your skin in good condition, but in some cases the sebaceous glands can produce too much sebum. This can mix with your dead skin cells and start clogging up the path that the sebum usually takes out through the hair follicle. The clogged follicle can form a blackhead or bulge out as a whitehead, and it can turn into acne when the bacteria that live on your skin contaminate the clogged follicle and grow too much.

Triggers for Acne
Problems with your sebaceous glands can be triggered by a number of different factors, some of which can be avoided to help clear up your skin. Some skin products and medications can cause a bad reaction in your skin, and acne can also be associated with smoking or wearing something that presses on the affected area, like a headband across your forehead. However, some of the factors that can trigger acne can’t be changed. Acne can run in families, so you may simply be prone to having bad skin because of your genes. Your hormones can also play a role in causing acne. Testosterone is a common culprit for teenage acne in boys, but the female hormones can also trigger acne, particularly in adult women. Acne that is linked to your menstrual cycle can sometimes be brought under control by using hormonal contraception such as the pill in addition to the other acne treatments that are available at our London clinic.

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