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What causes acne?

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Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology
8 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dr. Katherine Brown
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Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology

In brief: Causes of acne

Acne has a number of different causes: 1.
Genetics-if acne is common in your family, you have a higher chance of having it 2. Hormones, primarily androgens, cause oil glands to grow & produce more sebum. Women with hormone imbalance often have cystic acne. Oil and bacteria in hair follicles cause inflammation. 3. Diet-high glycemic index foods and dairy are linked to acne 4. Medications.

In brief: Causes of acne

Acne has a number of different causes: 1.
Genetics-if acne is common in your family, you have a higher chance of having it 2. Hormones, primarily androgens, cause oil glands to grow & produce more sebum. Women with hormone imbalance often have cystic acne. Oil and bacteria in hair follicles cause inflammation. 3. Diet-high glycemic index foods and dairy are linked to acne 4. Medications.
Dr. Emily Altman
Dr. Emily Altman
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Million $ question

Although much about the disease is known and the overactivity and dysfunction of the sebaceous glands comp, i cared by secondary bacterial colonization has been described and treated the exact cause is not definitively known.

In brief: Million $ question

Although much about the disease is known and the overactivity and dysfunction of the sebaceous glands comp, i cared by secondary bacterial colonization has been described and treated the exact cause is not definitively known.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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