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Acne is characterised by comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) and pustules (puss filled spots). Acne is usually found on the face, neck back and chest. Acne usually starts during puberty and stops during the late teens but it can continue into adulthood.

Acne is caused by hair follicles becoming blocked which leads to a buildup of oil and sebum. What are usually harmless bacteria within the skin can contaminate and infect the plugged follicles causing pustules and cysts.

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Types of acne

Acne isn’t just confined to teenage skin - adult acne, cystic acne and pregnancy acne can affect our skin in later life too, and acne doesn’t just always affect the skin on the face. Here we look at some of the different types of acne and what can cause this often upsetting condition.

Pregnancy acne

Being pregnant causes surges and fluctuations in hormone levels that can cause changes in our skin. Some women report better, more glowing skin during pregnancy. But others develop pregnancy acne, which can mean that they’re experiencing acne for the first time, or that their existing acne becomes worse. Here’s we explore safe acne treatments during pregnancy.

Causes of acne

Acne has many causes, and there are also plenty of myths surrounding other things that might cause acne, such as what you eat and how good your mental health is. In this section we aim to separate the fact from the fiction and discuss what can truly cause acne.

Treating acne

In decades gone by, when it came to treating face acne, all that was available was Oxy 5 or Oxy 10 from the local chemist, which whilst still an effective treatment, doesn’t work for everyone.

Thankfully now, the treatments options for acne are plentiful, all with different approaches. Here we explore the options for treating acne, including treating pregnancy acne symptoms and whitehead and blackhead treatments and provide an independent view.


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