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What causes acne?

What causes acne?

See below: Acne results from oil overproduction (often due to hormones), clogged pores, p acnes bacteria, & resultant inflammation from your immune system recognizing infection. Effective acne treatments target these causes: benzoyl peroxide & antibiotics kill bacteria, retinoids decrease oil, salicyclic acid & retinoids unclog pores, oral contraceptives target hormones. ...Read more

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Acne (Definition)

A common skin condition that causes red or white raised pimples, especially on the face, chest and back. Caused when the sebaceous glands in the skin ...Read more


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What causes acne?

What causes acne?

Various causes: Acne is based in hair follicles. Secretion of oil glands, dead skin cells and a bacteria( proprionobacterium acnes) within a hair follicle trigger a cascade of signals in your body that leads to inflammation: ie. The red bumps and pus bumps of acne. Hormone levels and stress can contribute to acne and possibly dairy, but greasy foods and chocolate have not been proven to make acne worse. ...Read more

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What causes acne?

What causes acne?

Hormones, diet?: Androgens ("male hormones" such as testosterone) are clearly implicated in causing acne. There is good circumstantial evidence that high glycemic index diet plays a role, too. Hunter/gatherer people rarely have problems with acne until adopting high glycemic index "western" diets. Hormones in dairy may be another source. ...Read more

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What causes acne?

What causes acne?

Hormones: Despite pop claims, cleanliness, diet, and fitness have little real impact. Around puberty, hormones thicken the outermost layer of the skin, enlarge the sebaceous glands, and invite the acne bacteria to live and cause trouble there. All acne can be controlled nowadays; one possibility for an 18 year old lady is the oral contraceptive pill if you can take and want it. ...Read more

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What causes hormonal contraception to fail?

What causes hormonal contraception to fail?

Nothing is 100%: The most common cause of failed hormonal contraception is related to user-error: missed pills, patch, ring, shot, etc, but even if you use a method perfectly, failures can happen. Next to permanent sterilization, the most effective methods include iuds and implants--which are "forgettable"--and not as subject to user-error, making them easy and very effective to use. ...Read more

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What causes acne other than hormones and what prevents it?

What causes acne other than hormones and what prevents it?

Diet, occlusion: Many factors can aggravate acne including sugar, whey, milk, .Thick occlusive pomades can clog the pores and cause acne. Sweating can also be a factor. Even medications containing high doses of iodine can occasionally bring out acne. ...Read more

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What causes acne in women?

What causes acne in women?

Excess testosterone: All women have male hormone, testosterone, in their bodies. An excess can cause acne. This is oftentreated with estrogen, commonly in oral contraceptives. In the bloodstream are compounds called sex hormone binding globulins. Estrogen increases these elements. When sex hormone binding globulin attaches to testosterone, the testosterone is inactivated, ergo less acne. ...Read more

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Adult acne what causes this?

Adult acne what causes this?

Hormones.: Adult acne is often a sign of hormonal changes within the body. Medications can do it too. In general, it is more difficult to treat than simple teenage acne, so you'd best see your dermatologist, who will prescribe a treatment regimen, and if necessary, run some tests to rule out internal hormonal problems. ...Read more

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What causes hormonal imbalances in teenagers?

What causes hormonal imbalances in teenagers?

It depends: What type of symptoms? Hormonal imbalance could mean many things. Please resubmit your question with some specific details so that we can best address your concern. Thanks! ...Read more

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What exact kind of hormonal imbalance causes menorrhagia?

What exact kind of hormonal imbalance causes menorrhagia?

Thyroid/Pituitary: Menorrhagia/Heavy Menstrual Bleeding is any period bleeding that leads to soaking a pad/tampon more than every 2hrs, interferes w/ daily activities, or lasts >7days. There are many causes: fibroids, polyp, hormonal imbalance (TSH/Prog/Estr), adenomyosis, bleeding disorders and cancer. Get checked out. Taking progesterone (pills/IUD) can help to thin the uterine lining so you don't bleed as much. ...Read more

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What type of hormonal imbalances cause chronic hives?

What type of hormonal imbalances cause chronic hives?

None: Although allergy to Progesterone has been linked to hives. An overactive thyroid may make hives worse but is not known to cause them. ...Read more

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What causes smelly hormonal changes?

What causes smelly hormonal changes?

I don't understand : Your question. Hormonal changes generally don't affect smell. Which of your body's thousands of hormones are you referring to? They're all inside of your body, so it's usually hard to smell them. ...Read more

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What causes rid of acne cysts?

What causes rid of acne cysts?

Serious Rx: Cystic acne usually requires a combination of topical treatment such as benzoyl peroxide and systemic rx prescribed by your physician. If it's very severe, you may need a dermatology referral for isotretinoin. ...Read more

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Irregular periods, oligomenorrhea, no hirsutism, acne, normal hormone profile. What could be the cause?

Irregular periods, oligomenorrhea, no hirsutism, acne, normal hormone profile. What could be the cause?

Ovulatory disorder: You probably do not have pcos but with irregular periods you have some form of ovulatory dysfunction; probably hypothalamic pituitary dysfunction. With a normal hormone profile you do not have anything to worry about but i will be harder to get pregnant and probably will need fertility medications to induce regular ovulatory cycling. ...Read more

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What kinds of hormonal imbalances can cause allopecia?

What kinds of hormonal imbalances can cause allopecia?

Several: But most hair loss is not hormone related. See a dermatologist to determine what type of alopecia you have. ...Read more

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What could cause acne conglobata?

What could cause acne conglobata?

Acne Conglobata: This is an extremely severe and deforming scar forming type of acne. It is thought to be genetic and related to hyperkeratosis state. There are extensive formation of nodulocystic Acne that lead to hypertrophic scarring. This is not a type of acne that can be treated with antibiotics or skin care. This is one of the rare indications for Accutane. Your dermatologist will need to monitor you closely ...Read more

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What causes back acne?

Hormones: When present in a young lady, it may be worthwhile checking for excess androgens. All acne can be managed nowadays. When it's on the trunk, a systemic antibiotic is usually required. Or if the oral contraceptive pill is right for you, this may clear everything up. ...Read more

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What causes melasma?

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What causes melasma?

The: The exact cause of melasma is still unknown, however researchers theorize that melasma occurs as a result of the color-making skin cells (melanocytes) producing too much color or melanin resulting in patchy discoloration. There are also genetic and other predispositions that are the cause. Common triggers of melasma include extended sun exposure, estrogen supplements, birth control pills, and pregnancy. ...Read more

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What causes chest acne?

What causes chest acne?

Same cause, alas...: ...As acne everywhere else. And it's very common, and socially very discouraging. There is nothing special (nor especially "wrong") when someone develops acne on his or her chest. It's just the bad luck of the draw. The good news (that won't seem good for a while) is that the majority of cases of acne in a young adult just go away after a few years. But you should see a dermatologist to treat it. ...Read more

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What causes baby acne?

What causes baby acne?

Maternal Hormones: Baby acne is the result of maternal hormones passed onto your baby during pregnancy. These hormones stimulate the oil glands and cause those red, sometimes white bumps on your baby's cheeks and forehead. Baby acne typically makes its appearance at 3-4 weeks of age. It is very common and unfortunately, cannot be prevented. Take heart though, it will resolve on its own. ...Read more

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