Why You Might Be Suffering From Acne


According to statistics provided by the American Academy of Dermatology, 50 million Americans suffer from Acne.

It begins at puberty and affects adolescents and young adults too. In fact, 85% people between 12 and 24 have suffered from minor acne at some point in their life.

It’s not just a problem for young adults though. People in their 30s and 40s too can get this disease.


Acne occurs when oil, dead skin cells and bacteria block the small pores on the surface of the skin. Every single one of these pores opens up to a follicle which is located right beneath the epidermis.

These follicles consist of hair along with a subcutaneous gland which produces sebum, an oil which is responsible for lubricating the skin.

In case of hormonal changes, your body starts producing sebum in excess quantities. The excess oil is pumped through the follicle and collects dead cells and bacteria.

Over time these substances clump together and form a plug which starts pressing against the skin. The body combats against them by accumulating the red and white blood cells. These cells combat the infection and lead to inflammation and redness.

Acne can occur anywhere. It occurs on your face, chest, buttocks as well as arms.

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Acne Vulgaris

Acne vulgaris is a condition caused by hormonal changes and is quite common among teenagers.  That’s because your body starts producing more hormones during and immediately after puberty. When that happens, the oil glands under the skin enlarge and produce more sebum.

When the pores are filled with excess sebum they rupture the surrounding cell walls. This creates a breeding ground for bacteria. When septum creeps out of the pore, it comes in contact with bacteria and results in the formation of pimples.


Hormones are not the only reasons for acne. Genetics too can lead to this problem. Studies have been conducted in order to determine if that is indeed the case.

One such study involved 458 twins. The objective was to determine acne prevalence. The results concluded that in 81% of the cases, there was a difference in acne prevalence.

A separate study was also conducted to determine the connection between acne and first degree relatives. It involved 204 acne patients and 144 non-acne patients.

The results concluded that chances of a person getting acne increase if they have a first degree relative who suffers from a similar condition.

There are different ways in which genetics affect your skin. They lead to problems like skin sensitivity. Furthermore, it also leaves skin vulnerable to oil production.

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