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Learn about the causes of Acne & find a practitioner in Auckland, Hamilton, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin to help you overcome Acne within New Zealand.

Acne encompasses a group of skin rashes, the most common types being acne vulgaris and acne rosacea. Spots form in sebaceous glands of the skin, usually on the face, shoulders and upper back. This is usually caused by the skin over-reacting to hormone levels.


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During puberty in both boys and girls, acne is due to an over-sensitivity to the male hormone testosterone. The skin has sebaceous glands which secrete a substance called 'sebum' -  testosterone can cause an excess of this substance. When the skin's cells divide rapidly they can block the opening of hair follicles resulting in a build up of sebum. It's this blockage which produces spots (whiteheads and blackheads).

Another cause of acne is the changing acid levels within the skin during puberty. This causes bacteria to grow and become trapped in the hair follicles. This deep bacterial infection becomes a pustule or nodule.

Other causes of acne include:

  • Hereditary factors - Acne can have a genetic cause and may run in families.
  • Stress can cause sweating and people also tend to rub their faces – both can increase bacteria levels.
  • Female hormonal changes such as during menstruation can cause outbreaks of acne.
  • Contraceptives, epilepsy medications and corticosteroids can aggravate acne.
  • Chemical exposure to dioxins can trigger an acne condition known as chloracne.
A common myth is that fatty or greasy foods can cause acne but this is not the case. The same can be said for eating chocolate. That said, both foods should be eaten in moderation anyway and should they trigger an outbreak of acne it would be advisable to stop eating them to see if the acne clears up. Personal hygiene is also not a cause of acne but failure to wash the face or take make-up off can result in bacteria multiplying on the skin.


Diagnosis of acne

The appearance of spots on the skin is usually sufficient enough for a diagnosis of acne to be made. Depending on the type of spots that have appeared, how inflamed those spots are and the level of pain experienced will help your GP diagnose the severity of acne.

When attending a GP consultation remove any make-up so they can make a proper assessment of the skin. The GP may discuss family history and any remedies or treatments you have tried. Be prepared to discuss how the acne makes you feel psychologically and emotionally (i.e. embarrassment, upset, low self-confidence).

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Health Tech New ZealandHA (Hyaluronic Acid) products help to prevent collagen from overstretching and drying out by continually bathing it in a nutritious, water based gelatinous fluid.

It provides continuous moisture to the skin by binding up to 1000 times its weight in water and literally acts like a sponge to help retain a supple, firm skin tone and youthful appearance. 

It also serves as a wonderful medium through which nutrients and waste are transported to and from the cells of these structures.

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