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Does Poor Hygiene Cause Acne
Usually not a cause: Acne occurs when skin glands produce more oil, but the openings of the glands are blocked by little plugs of dead skin cells (comedones). Skin oils leak sideways into the skin, causing inflammation that brings in lots of white blood cells, forming a pustule. Not washing enough usually doesn't cause acne. Causes include hormonal changes, emotional stress, certain medicines, skin rubbing, etc... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more
Yes: Acne is caused by many things (multifactorial) but one factor which can exacerbate acne is hygiene. Excess oiliness especially around the hairline (ie: sweating, long hair, using lots of hair products, etc.) can cause acne on the face, neck, shoulders, and back. Pulling the hair back, washing hair of oil and hair products before going to bed, washing immediately after working out can all help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Acne cause: Acne is not due to poor hygiene. It is generally accepted that acne develops due to build up of skin cells, oil (sebum) and bacteria in pores, which become infected. Cleansing skin too aggressively with harsh soaps and abrasives can irritate and inflame the skin making acne worse. Combination therapy includes gentle cleansing, topical or oral antibacterial therapy, moisturizing, sun protection, . ...Read more
Acne: Not necessarily, mostly hormonal.Get a more detailed answer ›
Good question: because no one is 100% certain. Common sense would suggest "yes", but I am unaware of any study that has proven this. Since BV/VB is not an "outside" infection, but an overgrowth or imbalance of "normal" vaginal flora, it is still mysterious what brings it on. Poor hygiene seems logical, but "excessive" hygiene - douching, for example may cause it too. Hope this helps you. ...Read more
Poor hygiene: People who are depressed may stop caring about themselves and motivation levels may drop so low that they stop taking care of basics like hygiene. When this occurs, it is usually a red flag that medical intervention really is needed. ...Read more
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