What is Acne?
It is actually a skin disease that occurs when hair follicles are clogged with dead skin cells and oil from the skin. It is characterized by blackheads or whiteheads, pimples, oily skin, and possible scarring. It primarily affects areas of the skin with a relatively high number of oil glands, including the face, upper part of the chest, and back.
Genetics can be a cause of acne in 80% of cases. The role of diet, cigarette smoking, cleanliness and exposure to sunlight appear to play a part. During puberty, in both sexes, acne is often brought on by an increase in hormones such as testosterone.
Another factor is excessive growth of the bacterium Propionibacterium Acnes, which is normally present on the skin.