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9 year old Avana
Grace from the
Village of Westbury
with alpaca Bella
of Lilymoore Farms
The Dock at
Violet DePierro playing at
sunset at Jones Beach Field 10
This is Pink and Perth,
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WHAT CAUSES ACNE
Acne is a common skin condition that often appears
for the fi rst time during adolescence. However, acne
can develop at any age. In fact, Intermountain® Healthcare
notes that it’s even possible for people who never had
acne as a teen to develop it later in life.
Even though acne is quite common, misperceptions about
it persist. For example, consuming chocolate or greasy
foods like French fries will not lead to a bout of acne.
Various factors directly contribute to acne, offers Harvard
Medical School, and such factors include:
• Bacteria: Bacteria contribute to infl ammatory lesions in
acne. At various times, including during puberty, bacteria
on the surface of the skin can increase. Antimicrobials can
suppress certain bacteria in patients with acne.
• Hormones: Fluctuating hormones, including fl uctuations
that occur during pregnancy and menopause, can
lead to acne. Stopping or starting birth control also can
lead to acne. Hormones that increase in boys and girls
during puberty can cause sebaceous glands to enlarge and
make more sebum as well, says the Mayo Clinic.
• Excess oil production: Some people may produce more
sebum than others. When coupled with skin care products
and makeup that can clog pores, this may lead to acne.
• Infl ammation: Infl ammation caused by diet can lead to
infl ammation throughout the body, and that may result in
• Underlying medical condition: Certain conditions, such
as polycystic ovarian syndrome in women, are often accompanied
by chronic or diffi cult-to-control acne.
• Medications: Medications people take for various conditions
may actually cause acne as a side effect. This includes
drugs that contain testosterone, lithium or corticosteroids.
Changing medications may reduce breakouts.
It’s important to note that acne is not caused by dirty skin.
Scrubbing skin too harshly with chemicals or soaps may
actually make acne worse by irritating the skin. Though
makeup will not contribute to acne, opt for oil-free, noncomedogenic
products and remove makeup each night
before going to bed.
Acne is often tied to adolescence, but it also can persist
into or even fi rst appear during adulthood. Learning the
causes of acne can help people of all ages successfully
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