Acne is one of those medical problems that doesn’t get a lot of attention. It’s not life-threatening in any way, it doesn’t cause epidemics, it doesn’t result in a lot of missed school or lost wages. But that doesn’t mean it’s not troubling to those who suffer from it.
Acne starts in the sebaceous glands of the skin. These glands are found in hair follicles and secrete sebum, a substance that lubricates the skin, and that bacteria love. When bacteria that are normally found on the skin invade a sebaceous gland, it can cause inflammation and block the exit of sebum. This results in a pimple.
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Written by Amy Rogers
Edited by Bliss Mishler