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Why do I have acne?

Read to find out the four main causes of acne!

Acne is a common skin condition that affects millions of people around the world. It can be a frustrating and sometimes embarrassing condition to deal with, but with the right knowledge and treatment, it can be managed effectively. In this blog post, we will explore the four causes of acne and how to treat it.

1. Excess sebum (oil) production.

One of the primary causes of acne is excess sebum production. The sebaceous glands in your skin produce oil, which helps keep your skin hydrated and healthy. Over cleansing and drying the skin can cause an overproduction of sebum. Hormonal changes can stimulate the sebaceous glands and lead to excess oil production. When too much oil is produced, it can mix with dead skin cells and clog pores, leading to the development of acne. To treat acne caused by excess oil production, it is important to keep your skin clean and avoid products that can clog your pores. Use a gentle cleanser and avoid harsh scrubs or exfoliants that can irritate your skin.

2. Bacteria

Another cause of acne is bacteria. The bacteria known as Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) can thrive in the oily environment of your skin and cause inflammation, leading to acne. To treat acne caused by bacteria, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics, oral or topical, or medications that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

3. Chronic inflammation

Inflammatory conditions have been proven to be a culprit of acne. Cutting-edge research shows acne processes

starts when systemic inflammation (inflammation at the cellular level) causes normal levels of sebum in hair follicles to “oxidize”. This means that inflammation damages the sebum and causes the oxygen content of the sebum to lower.

4. Excess Keratinisation. Excess Keratinization is a build up of dead skin cells causing the skin to look thickened & dull. The skin isn't exfoliating itself correctly which causes a build up of cells and ultimately blocks the pore duct. Using a Retinol or Retinoid, such as YovinoMD's Retinoid Complex, will increase cellular turnover and decrease the incident of plugged pores.

In conclusion, acne can be caused by a variety of factors, including excess oil production, bacteria, excess skin build up and chronic inflammation. To treat acne effectively, it is important to identify the underlying cause and use appropriate treatments. By maintaining a healthy lifestyle, using gentle skincare products, and seeking medical advice when needed, you can manage your acne and enjoy clear, healthy skin.


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