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Acne Causes and Treatments

Stop hiding and take control of your acne. Acne affects millions of people of all ages everyday and remains one of the most common dermatologic conditions. Acne affects the skin’s oil glands. Your pores connect to oil glands under the skin and these small glands make an oily substance called sebum. The pores connect to the glands by a canal called a follicle. Inside the follicles, oil carries dead skin cells to the surface of the skin. A thin hair also grows through the follicle and out the skin. When the follicle of a skin gland clogs up, a pimple grows. Most cases of mild comedonal acne occur in teenagers and young adults which can usually be treated with traditional topical gels, creams and face wash solutions. The most common of these are retinoids, like Retin-A, Differin,  Renova, and Tazorac which work to unblock clogged pores.

Dermatologists will often combine a topical retinoid with an oral antibiotic, such as doxycycline, tetracycline, minocycline or erythromycin, which kills the bacteria that cause inflammation around the blocked pores.

You can also reduce your acne symptoms by gently washing your face daily with a mild face wash and warm water to get rid of any make up or dirt particles that you may have gotten on your skin throughout the day. 

You can also check out our favorite acne fighting products right here for everything from face washes to treatment gels.

Also, be sure to check out our Skin Care Pinterest board for more great tips, tricks and products. 

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