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A Clinical Approach to Acne

Acne is a wound to the skin. The medical definition of acne describes it as “a genetic disease evolving from retention hyperkeratosis of the follicular epithelium”. In layman’s terms this means your follicles (often referred to as pores) are essentially clogged, making it a great place for acne bacteria (P acnes) to thrive. The build-up of dead skin cells within the follicle, mixed with the overproduction of sebum (oil), the follicles become clogged and will create acne. The exact cause of acne is difficult to pinpoint. There are many contributing factors that include hormonal imbalances, psychological aspects, nutritional deficiencies, and genetics. Other factors that may affect acne can in

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