Acne is a common skin condition that occurs when pores and/or hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells.

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What causes acne?

Acne is a common skin condition that occurs when pores and/or hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. It can result in pimples, blackheads and whiteheads, which often appear on the face, chest, shoulders and upper back. Acne forms on these sections of the body because these areas have the most sebaceous (oil) glands. Hair is connected to oil glands and when the follicle wall bulges or plugs up, whiteheads and blackheads develop. Blackheads can look like dirt that is stuck in the pores, but the color results from the pore being congested with bacteria and oil, turning brown when it is exposed to the air. While blackheads are clogged pores that stay open, whiteheads are clogged pores that close up. Pimples are red dots (occasionally with a white center) that develop when a blocked hair follicle becomes infected or inflamed with bacteria.

Additional risk factors

Contrary to popular opinion, oily foods do not cause acne. Instead, age, hormonal shifts, family history, stress, friction or pressure on the skin and family history can increase your chances of developing pimples, blackheads and whiteheads. People of all ages can get acne, but it is more common among teenagers due to hormonal changes. Adults who use certain medications containing lithium, corticosteriods or androgens may increase their risk.  If both of your parents deal with pimples, you are likely to develop them as well. Stress and friction do not necessarily cause pimples to form, but they may make them worse. And while french fries and other greasy foods do not cause acne, oily lotions & creams and being in a room with a fry vat can all negatively impact clear skin.

Schedule a consultation in central Oregon

If you suffer from acne and you live in Bend, Oregon or the surrounding areas, Refine Medical can provide treatments to help you clear up your skin.* We provide several non-surgical, non-invasive treatments for acne, including laser skin resurfacing, IPL treatments and LED therapy. To find out which treatment will work best for you, request a consultation online or give us a call at (541) 330-6292.

*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.

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