Acne is a painful skin disorder that can affect women at any age but most commonly occurs during puberty. It’s a common skin disease, and though it’s not a serious health concern, it can lead to scarring.
Acne breakouts occur in four primary ways:
- Excess oil production (When your body’s oil glands overproduce sebum, the excess sebum sits on the top layer of your skin and clogs your pores. These pores get inflamed and create various types of pimples.)
- Bacteria (A bacteria called P. acnes can grow on your skin. If it has a chance to colonize and spread, it can create a rapid acne outbreak, leading to pimples and irritation.)
- Hair follicles clogged by oil and dead skin cells
- Excess androgen (a type of hormone) activity