Acne develops most often in the teen and young adult
years. During this time, both males and females usually produce more
testosterone than at any other time in life. This
hormone causes oil glands to produce more oil (sebum). The extra oil can clog
pores and cause acne. Bacteria can grow in this mixture. And if the mixture
leaks into nearby tissues, it causes swelling, redness, and pus
Acne usually gets better in the adult years when your
body produces less testosterone. Still, some women have
premenstrual acne flare-ups well into
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
January 23, 2013
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