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Major Causes of Acne

Whether you're fifteen or thirty-five, acne is never fun. In fact it's often the exact opposite- bringing embarrassment, shame, and eventually low self-esteem. Boy, girl, young, old, blonde, and brunette - many people suffer from these red, and often painful, bumps. There are reasons people get acne and some identifiable causes. Being aware of these causes can help you prevent and guard against the development of your acne - and leave your T-zone pimple free!

First, it's important to remember that acne doesn't just appear out of nowhere. In truth, the development of acne is a very normal occurrence caused by the unfortunate combination of overactive oil glands and hair follicles in the skin. Every follicle, or pore, on your face sprouts a tiny little hair that is connected – under your outer layer of skin- with multi-lobed oil glands, also named the sebaceous glands. These sebaceous glands produce a substance known as sebum, which lubricates the hair and skin. Sometimes the coupled effect of over-produced sebum and dead skin cells shed by the tiny hair follicle, mix together and end up clogging the pore. Bacteria, which live on the sebum lead to swelling and redness- and voila! It is the ugly start of acne.

There are many reasons the sebaceous glands over produce sebum, and likewise reasons the pore might have problems properly shedding its dead skin cells. One big reason is due to heredity. Some people are just born with small pores that make clogging dead skin cells, easy. Others are born with hyper-active sebaceous glands. Still more people are unfortunately born with both. This type of cause can be difficult when preventing acne, because it's simply in your genes. Luckily, there are products to fight acne when it does appear, should this be your case.

Another main culprit that often causes acne is, well… hormonal. That is why many of acne's sufferers are today's teens. Due to the raging hormones of society's youth, this large and diverse group becomes a chief target for acne. Young women, for instance, may often see flare-ups during or around the time of their menstrual cycle. This is due to the hormonal imbalance in women at that time; and young men experience an increased production of the male sex hormone- androgens- during puberty, which can lead to a hormonal imbalance and unfortunately- acne.

Finally, what often causes hormonal changes (aside from puberty) can just be increased stress, and not receiving enough sleep. Also, clogging pores with make-up or especially oily moisturizers and foundations can contribute to the causes of acne.

So keep your face clean, stay informed, remember acne is totally normal and there are many ways to relieve it for those instances when prevention simply doesn't cut it.

Here's how 13 celebrities got rid of their acne

Celebrities may have gobs of money, glamorous wardrobes, and giant houses, but there's one thing they share with even us normal folk: Acne. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) says that acne affects 50 million Americans every year. Celebs may be able ...

Published:  Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:27:00 GMT



Health Tip: Four Common Types Of Acne

(HealthDay News) -- Acne is typically caused by the clogging of hair follicles by debris from skin cells, skin inflammation, oily secretions and certain bacteria. The American Skin Association identifies these common types of acne and their causes ...

Published:  Wed, 20 Sep 2017 04:37:00 GMT



This is how I got rid of my teenage acne for good

With adult acne on the rise, what can a 16-year-old tell you about how to treat it Eliza Fleet reveals how she cleared up her severe condition in just three months and gives her top tips I first developed teenage acne when I was around 13 and I hated it.

Published:  Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:48:00 GMT



Hammerling: Got acne This might be why

Acne is a common skin disease that affects the oil glands of the skin, especially in teens. Approximately 50 million people in the United States have acne, including 85 percent of teenagers. In adult women, its prevalent in about 10 percent of the population.

Published:  Mon, 18 Sep 2017 22:00:00 GMT



I Tried This Treatment to Make My Acne Scars Less Visible-and I'm Thrilled With the Results

I've always struggled with acne. I vividly remember being in the fourth grade and a classmate placing scotch tape on my nose (she was clearly inspired by Biore strips) and then ripping it off. She was excited about all the blackheads she was able to ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:39:00 GMT



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