Acne is most often induced by hormonal changes. Oil trapped in the sebaceous glands forms plugs in the pores of the skin, causing whiteheads. If the pore remains open, the top surface of the plug becomes dark, causing a blackhead. Bacteria thrives in this environment, causing pimples. Left untreated, acne scarring can occur.

When tissues are injured, the body rushes to repair the injury site. Among the elements of the repair are white blood cells and inflammatory molecules that have the task of repairing tissue and fighting infection. When their job is done they may remain at the site of an active acne lesion for days or even weeks. In people who are susceptible to scarring, the result may be an acne scar in the form of fibrous or eroded tissue. Two types of scars exist: depressed areas and raised thickened tissue such as keloids.

70% of teenagers develop acne during puberty, but its a myth that only teenagers or those with unclean habits or junk food addictions get acne. Acne doesn’t play favorites – children, teens, adults and even older adults can develop acne.

Acne Topics


Often mistaken for a skin condition that is exclusive to teenagers, particularly among boys in their postpubescent years, acne can in fact strike at men and women of all ages.

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Acne Scars & Pores

Pores are natural parts of the skin that can become clogged, leading to acne breakouts that can damage skin cells and lead to scarring that contributes to an unappealing appearance.

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