During the early teen years, boys and girls are at greater risk for acne breakouts, when the oil glands in the body start over-producing sebum (skin oil that can resemble grease). Adding to the problem, your body sheds dead skin cells constantly ? and some people have "sticky" skin cells that don?t shed normally ? they just remain attached to the skin. In people who have acne, these excess skin cells mixes with the oil and plug up the hair follicles.
The Common Myths
Quite a few myths are floating around out there about what causes acne. Let?s straighten some out right now.
- Dirt does not cause acne
- A blackhead may look like dirt plugging one of your pores, but that is not the cause.
- The sebum and skin cells mix together and sometimes rise to View the rest of this article