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Acne lesions are caused when a skin pore gets clogged, skin oil builds up inside the pore, and bacteria feeds on the skin oil and multiplies. All acne starts as a clogged pore, which can then develop into acne that falls into two categories: non-inflammatory and inflammatory. Non-inflammatory acne includes whiteheads and blackheads. Inflammatory acne includes papules, pustules, nodules, and cysts.

More than 80% of teenagers have acne, so if your youngster manages to get through adolescence with no more than a couple of skin blemishes, they’re one of the lucky few. Contrary to what most people believe, acne is not caused by chocolate, fried foods, sweets or anything else in a teenager’s usual diet. Instead, it’s caused by increased levels of certain hormones that stimulate the fat glands in skin to step up production of sebum, an oily secretion that lubricates and protects the skin. Sebum, together with cast-off skin cells and other debris, blocks skin follicles, which can become infected or inflamed.

Adult acne is usually defined as acne that affects people over the age of 25. In most cases, it is simply acne that has persisted since adolescence. However, in some instances, a person over 25 may experience acne for the first time in his life. Adult acne usually stems from the same root causes as adolescent acne, but adult acne affects women more often; it tends to be more inflammatory in nature, and it appears more often around the mouth, cheeks, chin, and jaw.

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