Everyone recognizes the angry, red, irritated outbreaks, but what causes pimples in the first place?
First of all, let us tell you what does NOT cause acne – chocolate, french fries, and other foods do not cause acne.
Although certain factors, such as medication and stress, can help contribute to acne, it is primarily influenced bygenetics and hormones.
How Does Acne Form?
- Oil Secretion and Clogged Pores: excessive oil production mixed with dead skin cells within our pores can cause a plug (or comedone) to be formed within the pore.
- Bacterial Overgrowth: the comedone clogs the pore, trapping oil inside and creating a perfect environment for bacteria to breed and release and inflammatory toxins.
- Inflammation: the body responds with inflammation and swelling, forming the all too familiar pimple.