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.
Causes of Acne
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:
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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