Causes Of Acne Explained

Are you prone to acne?  Have you always wondered what the causes of acne are? Have you always wanted to know what you can do in order to address this problem?  This article will explain the various causes of acne.  Use this as a guide to see what you can probably do in order to avoid the formation of more acne or better yet, to finally put an end to your acne woes.

What you first need to do is that there are several types of acne. These include cysts, pimples, whiteheads and blackheads.  These types of acne vulgaris or acne develop when your skin pores become clogged. Usually, the causes of clogging are dust, grime and too much oil on your skin.

Speaking of oil, did you know that our skin contains oil called sebum? When too much sebum is produced (this happens when our hormones increase or surge), our skin pores get clogged. Now this is the time when not only are people prone to acne but in the case of females, they get skin breakouts before their monthly periods and in the case of teenagers, they get pimples.  This is also why there are certain facial products meant for oily skin.

As previously mentioned, a blackhead is a type of acne. The causes of acne when it comes to blackheads in particular also has something to do with sebum and dead skin cells. You see, when dead skin cells clog the skin pore, the surface of the skin remains open. This is when the formation of a blackhead starts to happen. A black color starts to form on the surface of the open pore.

Now in terms of whiteheads, which is another type of acne, the formation of these also have something to do with dead skin cells, pore clogs and too much sebum. However, instead of having an “open comedo” (for blackheads), a whitehead starts to form because of “closed comedo.”

One of the more commonly known causes of acne is the presence of too many sebaceous glands.  Once these glands produce sebum, the excess oil clogs more pores.  As a result, more bacteria (called P. acnes) is produced and more acne develops. Yes, the more bacteria, the more excess oil, the more acne.  As more and more bacteria surrounds the inflamed skin, the more reddish the acne looks and the more swollen and hot it feels.

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