What causes acne?

Acne is a common skin condition that occurs when hair follicles become plugged up with dead skin cells and oil. This build up can result in pimples, blackheads or whiteheads, which often appear on the face, chest, shoulders and upper back. While acne is most common among teenagers (hormones, ugh), people of all ages are susceptible — especially adults who take certain medications containing lithium, corticosteroids or androgens.

The most common factors that cause acne are:

  • Family history
  • Hormones
  • Stress
  • Age
  • Pressure or friction on the skin

Recurring or stubborn acne can be incredibly frustrating for patients, but with the right care and treatment it can be managed. Start taking your skin seriously and schedule a consultation with an experienced care provider.

What causes acne scars?

Acne scars generally result from inflamed blemishes that are caused by enlarged skin pores. Skin pores can swell up from excessive oil, bacteria and dead skin cells, causing a break in the follicle wall. Minor breaks in the follicle wall do not take as long to heal, but a major one can cause infected material to spill out into surrounding tissue to create deeper lesions.

Although our bodies do have their own self-repair system, it is reliant on collagen — which we produce less of as we age, making it harder for acne scars to fade.

Some tips to deal with existing scars:

  • Stay out of the sun. Excessive sun exposure can darken acne scars and make them more visible.
  • Avoid over-scrubbing when you wash your face. Friction will irritate inflamed skin.
  • Never pick at your scars. Bacteria from your hands and nails can result in the formation of additional cysts.

Scars can take a toll on your confidence. However, new technology and treatments make it possible for a skin refresh.


Clarity is right around the corner; say goodbye to unsightly scars and blemishes.

Request an appointment at New England Skin Center

Whether you’re dealing with acne, acne scars, or both, at New England Skin Center we’re ready to help you restore confidence. Our full suite of treatments are designed with you in mind; during your consultation our care providers will tailor an individualized treatment plan to tackle your concerns. To get started, give us a call at (781) 803-2455 or request an appointment online.

* Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.

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