Acne Basics

What causes acne?

  • 1
    Too Much Oil

    Your skin has tiny glands called 'sebaceous glands' that produce oil. When those glands produce too much oil, it can result in acne.

  • 2
    Bacteria Build-Ups

    P. Acnes' is a type of bacteria that's present on most people's skin, even those without acne, but certain specific strains of it are known to cause acne.

  • 3
    Clogged Pores

    Sometimes our pores can get clogged with dead skin and other debris. Luckily, washing and exfoliating your skin can do a lot to stop this!

  • 4

    This one's a bit tricky because doctors don't fully understand it yet; however, what we do know is that inflammation in the skin is often tied to acne.

71% of teenagers with acne reported lower self-confidence or shyness.

If you're embarrassed by your acne, does that insecurity ever affect your performance at school?

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