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Breakouts, Blackheads, oh my!

Updated: Oct 12, 2021

Generally speaking, breakouts are caused by buildup of dead skin cells, excess oils and bacteria.

When these elements all climb into your pores together they form a plug. Bacteria can live harmlessly on our skin’s surface but when trapped inside a pore or follicle they multiply causing breakouts. Then we get the dreaded inflammation, redness and pain.

Now, the average person sheds approximately 35,000 skin cells per hour! Can you believe it? But here’s what’s really interesting. A person with a genetic predisposition to acneic skin can shed up to four times that amount!

So it’s not really your fault, or poor hygiene that is causing your breakouts.

So what’s the difference between blackheads, whiteheads, and milia?