First things first: acne really sucks.
While many people just deal with the occasional zit here and there (though they typically pop up just before a super important event), others have chronic acne that can become a big part of their lives. On top of being painful, having a face, chest, or back covered in unsightly bumps can hurt a person's self-esteem.
To make matters worse, getting rid of acne isn't anywhere near as straightforward as just washing your face every day.
While trapped dirt and oil are the most easily explained reasons for facial blemishes, that's not even close to the entire story.
As AsapSCIENCE explains, acne is an immune response due to naturally-occurring oils getting trapped under the skin and becoming infected. While washing your face with soaps containing acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid can help clear out pimples, getting acne in the first place isn't a matter of cleanliness.
The real culprit behind acne is a combination of genetics and hormones, not to mention the microbiome of the skin. While it sounds complicated, the deepening understanding of the issue could mean that next-gen acne solutions are just around the corner.
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