What Is Acne?
Acne is a common condition where dead skin cells and oil plug the hair follicles in your skin. This can result in a range of types of acne including blackheads, whiteheads and pimples. It most commonly affects teenagers however it can affect people of all ages.
What Causes Acne?
Blackheads form when a plug develops in the opening of the hair follicles. Each follicle contains one hair and a sebaceous gland that produces oil. This oil is called sebum and it helps keep your skin soft. When dead skin and oil collect in the hair follicle it can produce a bump, called a comedo. When the bump stays closed it is called a whitehead. When the skin over the bump opens, exposure to the air causes discolouration – causing it to look black and a blackhead form.
The earlier you begin to treat acne, breakouts and blackheads the sooner your skin can heal and reduce scarring, enlarged pores and skin discolouration.