What Causes Acne?
The pores of our skin are the opening for follicles, which contain a hair and an oil (sebaceous) gland. Sebaceous glands release oil that travels up the hair, out the pore, and onto your skin, keeping your skin lubricated and soft. Pores can get blocked during the lubrication process, preventing the oil from escaping.
Pores may be blocked by:
- Excessive oil production
- Dead skin cells, dirt or debris
- Bacterial proliferation
- Excessive activity of androgen hormones
In severe cases, these blockages can cause acne. This condition can be painful, lead to scarring, and even cause emotional distress. Hormonal changes, certain medications, and dietary factors can trigger or aggravate acne.