Most people experience acne to some degree, from the occasional pimple to severe nodules and cysts. Acne is primarily caused by male or ‘androgenic’ hormones, which usually become active as a teenager (hence ‘teenage spots’). It’s sensitivity to these hormones combined with bacteria on the skin and fatty acids within oil glands that causes acne.
While there are medications which can improve acne dramatically, skincare containing salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and noncomedogenic substances are key to maintaining a clear complexion.
Products recommended: Paula's Choice's Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment, Malin + Goetz Replenishing Face Serum, La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo