What causes acne?

There is no exact cause for acne, however, sometimes, the hair, sebum, and skin cells clump together into a plug. The bacteria in the plug cause swelling. Then when the plug starts to break down, a pimple grows. Acne is often inherited and rising hormone levels during puberty may cause acne. Other causes of acne may include the following:
  • Hormone level changes during a woman’s menstrual cycle
  • Hormone changes during pregnancy
  • Starting or stopping birth control pills
  • Certain drugs (such as corticosteroids, lithium, and barbiturates)
  • Oil and grease from the scalp, mineral or cooking oil, and certain cosmetics
acne causes

  • "Acne." Acne | Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library. Johns Hopkins Health System, n.d. Web. 07 May 2017.
  • "What Is Acne?" National Institutes of Health. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Nov. 2014. Web. 07 May 2017.


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