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Key Facts About Acne 

Common Causes of Acne:

  1. Excess or high production of oil in the pore.

  2. Buildup of dead skin cells in the pore.

  3. Growth of bacteria in the pore.

Factors that Increase the Risk of Acne:

  1. Hormones: An increase in androgens, male sex hormones, during puberty can lead to acne. Hormonal changes related to pregnancy and the period cycle can also cause acne.

  2. Family history: If your parents had acne, you may be more likely to develop it too.

  3. Medications: Certain medications containing hormones, corticosteroids, and lithium can cause acne.

  4. Age: Acne is more common in teenagers, but people of all ages can experience it.

Things that Worsen Acne:

  1. Diet: Some studies suggest that certain foods may worsen acne like spicy, oily, fatty foods.

  2. Stress.

  3. Pressure from sports helmets, tight clothes, or backpacks.

  4. Environmental irritants, like pollution and high humidity.

  5. Squeezing or picking at blemishes.

  6. Scrubbing your skin too hard with your hands, nails, or with hand towels.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), these factors can contribute to the development and worsening of acne. It's essential to be mindful of these triggers and take steps to manage them for better skin health.



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