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You’re an adult. You shouldn’t be getting acne, right? But the reality is that acne can occur at any time in life. Here’s what you need to know to understand and conquer this common but frustrating skin problem.
WHERE ACNE HAPPENS
Pilosebaceous follicles (pores) contain a hair root, a hair shaft and a sebaceous gland that produces sebum, an oily substance. The sebum flows into the hair shaft, travels up to the skin’s surface and works to protect the skin from infection and prevent water loss.
HOW ACNE HAPPENS
Acne is a visible result of disruptions of the biological process in the follicle. This disruption can be caused by many variables, (see “The Causes”), but there are four contributing factors that can produce acne, whether on their own or in combination.
1. LACK OF HAIR. “Like the wick of a candle, the hair wicks sebum out,” explains Holly Sherrard, education director of the International Dermal Institute in Toronto. “When there’s a lack of hair there, the sebum tends to stay in the follicle.”
2. DEAD SKIN CELL BUILDUP. This buildup can block pores and trap the sebum inside. “People with a predisposition to acne can have four to five times as many dead skin cells building … Read More »