What is Acne?

Acne is definitely a four-letter word for people who suffer with it. It is an inherited disorder of the pores — pores that want to sludge up with dead skin cells much like a clogged drain in your sink. Normal pores shed about one layer of dead skin cells per day inside the pore. The acne prone pores shed up to five layers of dead skin cells per day, and the body just can’t keep up. This forms congestion under the skin which are non-inflamed acne lesions (blackheads and/or whiteheads); and if bacteria are present (which loves to feed on the dead skin cells and oil), you will get inflamed pimples, pustules and/or cysts.