|MadSci Network: Medicine|
Shannon-Acne is a disease of the sebaceous glands. These glands are all over the body, but the largest and most are on the face, chest, back and upper outer arms. These glands make sebum, which is the pathogenic factor of acne. There are also normal skin bacteria (Propionibacterium acnes)that multiplies in sebum, so that inflammation occurs. What are some factors that influence acne? If your parents had problems with acne, you too may have a problem. Hormones influence sebum production also. Testosterone acts on the gland to increase the size and amount of sebum, thus the onset or worsening of acne for boys during adolescents. Stress and anger too may worsen acne. Some women will have acne flares around their period for years. Foods do not cause acne... I hope this answers your question.
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