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Teen acne and what makes it worse!

Friday, November 30, 2012

There is no definite answer on why some people are more prone to getting acne than other people. However we do know an important factor is an increase in male sex hormones called androgens.

Androgens increase in both boys and girls during puberty. They cause the sebaceous glands (oil glands) to get larger and produce more sebum. Androgens also can increase because of hormonal changes related to pregnancy or starting or stopping birth control pills.

Other factors include genetics. Researchers believe that the tendency to develop acne can be inherited from parents. In addition, cosmetics that have a greasy consistency may change the cells of the follicles, causing them to stick together and resulting in plugged pores. 

WHAT MAKES ACNE WORSE:

- Friction caused by leaning on or rubbing the skin
- Picking or squeezing blemishes
- Changing hormone levels in adolescent girls and adult women two to seven days before the start of the - menstrual period
- Stress

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