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Most Common Symptoms and Causes of Acne

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the world, especially in the UK. Although it is a common skin issue that people face, there is no specific information about the causes of acne. This leads to some myths being circulated about acne – one of which is that you should let acne run its due course and your skin will improve on its own. Sorry, but it doesn’t work that way and it may lead to permanent scars or dark spots on your skin when acne clears. So, it is always helpful to consult a dermatologist to get the best acne treatment in London or in any part of the world.

What are the symptoms of acne?

Acne can be found on any of your body parts and the most common parts where it usually develops is neck, face, arms, legs, and shoulders. So, if you notice either white or black pimples on any of these body parts, you possibly have acne. These white and black pimples are known as comedones in medical terminology. Blackheads are black in colour because they open at the surface of your skin and upon getting in contact with oxygen and melanin (surface colour pigment), the pimple looks black in colour. On the other hand, the whiteheads are the closed ones, located just below the surface of your skin and hence, are white in colour.

Face is one of the most areas affected by acne

Face is one of the most common area affected by acne

Some of the other symptoms of acne include –

  • Papules
  • Cysts
  • Pustules
  • Nodules

If you have any or all of these, you should get in touch with a dermatologist to get your acne treated professionally.

We had a look at the symptoms of acne, but what are the causes of acne? Let’s have a look.

Causes of acne

Acne usually develops on your body parts when a pore is clogged with oil, dead skin cells or even bacteria. Normally what happens is that the dead skin cells slowly rise to the skin surface through the pores and the body shed it out of the body. In a person having acne, the body starts producing a large amount of sebum that makes the dead skin cells stick inside the pores and thus, the dead cells are trapped.

The trapped dead cells thus, give rise to acne in the form of whiteheads or blackheads. One of the other causes of acne is the skin surface bacteria, p.acnes, which gets inside the surface of the skin and reaches the pore. The bacteria find the pore a perfect breeding ground where it multiplies quickly and thus, develops acne. In this case, the pore becomes inflamed – red and swollen.

So, as we have discussed so far, there can be some causes of acne and this is precisely the reason it is always the best solution to consult a dermatologist near you for ideal treatment. Getting treated by an expert ensures that there are no black spots or acne marks left post-treatment. And HP Dermatology Centre specialists offer just that. So, get in touch with us and get free personalised advice today.