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Four Primary Causes of Acne

Some 20 percent of American adults have active acne. Metropolitan Dermatology can help.

Some 20 percent of American adults have active acne. Metropolitan Dermatology can help.

Many an adult has been surprised to find that acne – considered a scourge of the teenage years – doesn’t end with high school. In fact, some 20 percent of all American adults have active acne. To help keep your skin beautiful and blemish-free, it’s important to know the four main causes of acne.

Top factors in developing acne are:

  • Oil production
  • Dead skin cells
  • Clogged pores
  • Bacteria

Acne most commonly appears on your face, neck, chest back and shoulders, the areas of skin with the most sebaceous glands, also known as oil glands. Your hair follicles are connected to your oil glands, which secrete sebum to lubricate hair and skin. This oily substance typically travels along the hair shaft and through the openings of the hair follicles onto the skin’s surface.

But when your body’s production of sebum and dead skin cells increases, the two can build up inside the hair follicles. This creates an environment primed for bacteria and the result is any of several types of acne. Whiteheads form when the plugged pore causes the hair follicle wall to bulge. And if the plug opens to the surface and darkens, you’ve got a blackhead. Certain factors can trigger acne or worsen existing acne, including hormones, certain medications, carb-heavy diets, poor hygiene and stress.

If you’re suffering with acne or acne scars, Metropolitan Dermatology can help with customized treatments that may include medication, chemical peels or IPL Photofacials. Contact us in Clark at 732-574-1399; Kearny at 201-997-8008; or Teaneck at 201-837-3939.

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Metropolitan Dermatology Locations

1075 Central Avenue
Clark, NJ 07066
732-574-1399
Clark NJ location servicing Edison, Westfield, Elizabeth, Linden, Scotch Plains, & Cranford, NJ

757 Teaneck Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
201-837-3939
Teaneck NJ location servicing Hackensack, Fort Lee, Fair Lawn, Englewood, and Bergenfield, NJ.

703 Kearny Ave.
Kearny, NJ 07032
201-998-4699
Kearny NJ location servicing Jersey City, Nutley, North Arlington, Lyndhurst, and Hoboken, NJ. *Formerly 752 Kearny

1324 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10301
718-448-4488
Staten Island NY location servicing all of New York City!

3202 John F Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City, NJ 07306
201-792-4500
Jersey City, NJ location servicing Jersey City and Newark.

114 Lakeview Avenue
South Plainfield, NJ 07080
908-941-2227
South Plainfield, NJ location servicing Plainfield and Edison.

449 60th St.
West New York, NJ 07093
201-861-4226
West New York NJ location servicing Union City, Bayonne, North Bergen, Hoboken, & Secaucus NJ

469 Morris Ave. Ste 2
Elizabeth, NJ 07208
908-512-7900
Elizabeth, NJ location servicing Elizabeth, Linden, Roselle Park and Hillside.