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1. Does acne occur after onset of sexual activity?

Acne usually occurs after onset of puberty and that is when sexual activity commonly starts.

2. What role does diet play in acne?

There is no scientific proof that diet causes acne. Certain diet (chocolate, junk food) is taken more frequently during puberty and this coincides with the onset of acne.

3. Does menstruation make Acne worse?

Most women experience worsening of acne before menstruation. This corresponds with the hormonal changes that occur in the body.

4. Does intake of excessive water clear acne?

Water intake does not improve acne.

5. What causes acne?

The causes of acne are linked to the changes that occur as people mature from childhood to young adulthood. The hormones that cause these changes also cause the sebaceous (oil) glands of the skin to produce more sebum (oil).

Androgen is the hormone with the greatest effect on the sebaceous glands. These hormones are present in females as well as males, but more in males.

Sebaceous glands release sebum through the follicle. During puberty, the cells of the skin lining the follicle begin to shed more rapidly. When the cells mix with increased amount of sebum produced, they form a plug which blocks the opening of the follicle.

Meanwhile, the sebaceous glands continue to produce sebum, the follicle and glands swell up with sebum causing pimples or acne.

6. Does exercise or steaming improve acne?

Exercise has no role in the treatment of acne. Steaming (Hydration) may worsen acne.

7. Does stress cause acne?

No! Stress does not cause acne, but acne causes stress which leads to scratching and pinching / extraction of pimples which aggrevate the appearance.


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