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Acne: Common Causes And When To See A Doctor

Find answers to commonly asked questions about Acne.

What is Acne?

There is not just one factor that causes acne. It occurs when sebaceous glands attached to the hair follicles are stimulated during puberty or during other times of hormonal change.


It is also not unusual for some women to develop acne in their mid-to late 20s as well.

Acne Facts:

Acne is a skin condition. It occurs when the hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. It can cause blackheads, whiteheads or pimples. Acne usually appears on the face, forehead, chest, upper back and shoulders. It is most common among teenagers, although it can affect people of all ages.


Acne can be very persistent. Many women can suffer for decades, especially the week before menstruation starts. The sudden onset however of severe acne in adults can be the sign of an underlying disease requiring medical attention.


Unfortunately acne can be very difficult to get rid of. The pimples and bumps heal slowly, and then a just as one begins to go away, new ones seem to appear. Acne can cause emotional distress and scar the skin. If you start a treatment early you are likely to reduce these problems.

  • What triggers stress?
    Stress is your body’s reaction to a trigger. Its is generally a short-term experience. Stress is not necessarily negative. There can be positive affects from stress. When stress helps you pull of the impossible, it is positive. Stress can however lead to insomnia, poor concentration, and impaired ability to do the things you normally do, which is very negative. Stress is a response to a threat in any given situation.
  • What triggers anxiety?
    Anxiety is a sustained mental health disorder that can be triggered by stress. Anxiety does not fade away, it hangs on and can cause significant consequences in social, occupational, and other important areas of your life affecting your ability to function. Long terms chronic stress can lead to long-term chronic anxiety. Anxiety & Stress is a complaint among people irrespective of their age. There can be various reasons for the development of Anxiety & Stress and determining the exact cause is essential to obtain proper treatment.
  • How does stress affect your health?
    It can affect your health in many ways. It can cause headaches, high blood pressure, chest pain, heart palpitation, skin rashes, loss of sleep.
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