People with acne often wonder: “Why me of all the people in this world?”
Many people have tried to explain why acne occurs in some, and not in others. However, the precise cause of acne still remains a mystery.
Though we do not quite know the “why”, we do know the “how”. Here is how acne develops:
The pores (hair follicles) in our skin are closely associated with oil glands, called ‘sebaceous glands’, which produce sebum. Sebum is an oily substance that lubricates our hair and skin.
When sebum is being secreted, the dead skin cells are also being expelled from the lining of the pore at the same time. Sometimes, when too much sebum is produced, it accumulates, thus clogging the pore.
When the pore gets blocked, the sebum or dead skin cells cannot leave the pore. This leads to swelling around the pore, and the result is acne. At times, bacteria can also build up inside, leading to the formation of pus.
Listed below are some of the most common causes of increased sebum production, which ultimately leads to the formation of acne:
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