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    What causes acne to develop?

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    Prof Rodney Sinclair

    Dermatologist (Skin Specialist)

    Professor Sinclair is a Professor of Dermatology at the University of Melbourne and Director of Sinclair Dermatology. He is past-president of the Australasian Society for … View Profile

    Acne develops when pores block and the oily sebum cannot escape onto the skin surface. Teenagers are especially prone to this as the oil glands enlarge at puberty. Bacteria within the hair follicles digest the oil and multiply when the oil is abundant. By-products of this digestion inflame the lining of the pore and cause it to block.

    For more information read: http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Acne

    There are excellent treatments for acne. Some are only available form Dermatologists. If you have severe acne, or are starting to develop acne scars, see a dermatologist for treamtment.

    Rod Sinclair
    Epworth Dermatology

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