Acne. A skin condition that effects 8 in 10 pre-teens, and so many adults. It’s something that can take away our confidence and cause upsetting scarring that lasts far beyond the breakout, especially if not treated correctly. Usually breakouts on the skin are associated with poor skin hygiene and a bad diet, but we have to ask ourselves: are these stereotypes really what causes acne? Or, is it just an unfair label given to those who have little control over how their skin wants to behave?
How Is Acne Really Caused?
Acne is caused by overly sensitive sebaceous glands, which react to hormones in the blood. These cause the glands to produce an excess of oil. At the same time, the dead skin cells lining the pores are not shed properly and clog up the follicles. These two effects result in a build up of oil, producing blackheads and whiteheads. The bacteria that lives on everyone’s skin, usually causing no problems, pose different problems in those prone to acne, as the build-up of oil creates an ideal environment in which these bacteria can reproduce. This triggers inflammation and the development of red or pus-filled spots.