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It’s just not fair. Just when you thought you were over it, this hormone-related skin problem pops again up to leave your skin red, irritated and often very sore. But not one factor causes acne. It happens when oil (sebaceous) glands on our skin are activated by puberty. Acne develops when cells and natural oils block tiny hair follicles and bacteria work their way into the plugged up area and start multiplying. The body’s immune system moves in to attack the bacteria, resulting in swelling, redness and pimples. The good news is that there are highly effective medicines for tougher cases. The medication works by interrupting this process. Often people end up using a combination of treatments to control their acne. Living with the physical appearances of acne can often erode self-confidence. It is important to talk to your doctor about the affects this very common condition has on your day to day life, and get some recommendations for the most effective treatment.