It is a common misconception that acne and blemish-prone skin only affects us during adolescence and that you “grow out of spots.” Unfortunately, many people continue to suffer from acne well into adulthood and this can have a significant impact on mental health and wellbeing.
Acne occurs due to a combination of factors including genetics, hormones, medications and lifestyle.
Sebaceous glands are glands attached to hair follicles, found near the surface of your skin, that produce an oily substance called sebum.
There are 4 basic steps in the development of spots:
Hair follicles become blocked with skin cells and sebum
Sebaceous glands enlarge and sebum production increases
There is an overgrowth of a bacteria called Cutibacterium acnes due to the increase in sebum
Bacterial overgrowth leads to inflammation, rupture of the follicle and formation of spots
Treatment of acne is targeted at these 4 different stages of acne.
Acne can present in different ways which is why you should you should always consult a skincare expert to guide you in your treatment plan.
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