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What causes acne?

Acne is caused by the body's natural oil, called sebum, and dead skin cells blocking skin pores. This can result in non-inflammatory acne such as whiteheads and blackheads. Sometimes, inflammation occurs within the blocked pores, which leads to pus-filled pimples, cysts and nodules.

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Author: Lauren Donley BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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