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Acne Underlying Cause
- Overgrowth of the skin cells that line the skin pores, which plugs the pore
- Overproduction of skin oils, which also plug the pores
- Overgrowth of the bacterium, Propionibacterium acnes
- Inflammation of the skin
These factors cause the formation of the swollen whiteheads, blackheads and cysts in the skin.
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PubMed Acne References
- James WD. Clinical practice. Acne. N Engl J Med. 2005 Apr 7;352(14):1463-72. 
- Magin P, Pond D, Smith W, Watson A. A systematic review of the evidence for 'myths and misconceptions' in acne management: diet, face-washing and sunlight. Fam Pract. 2005 Feb;22(1):62-70. 
- Marks R. Acne and its management beyond the age of 35 years. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2004;5(6):459-62.