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For most people, acne is brought on by changes in hormone levels. These hormones create oils that can lead to clogged pores that can sometimes let bacteria grow. These problems cause breakouts. Men whose fathers had severe acne are more likely to have acne. Some medications such as lithium, which treats bipolar disorder, and corticosteroids like prednisone can also bring on acne.

From: What Men Should Know About Acne WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Purdy, S. , Jan. 5, 2011. Clinical Evidence

Doris Day, MD, dermatologist, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City.

Jonette Keri, MD, PhD, associate professor of dermatology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

March of Dimes: "Accutane and other retinoids."

Jennifer A. Stein, MD, PhD, assistant professor, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology, NYU Langone Medical Center.

American Academy of Dermatology: "Adult Acne: A Fact of Life for Many Women."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on March 14, 2019

SOURCES:

Purdy, S. , Jan. 5, 2011. Clinical Evidence

Doris Day, MD, dermatologist, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City.

Jonette Keri, MD, PhD, associate professor of dermatology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

March of Dimes: "Accutane and other retinoids."

Jennifer A. Stein, MD, PhD, assistant professor, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology, NYU Langone Medical Center.

American Academy of Dermatology: "Adult Acne: A Fact of Life for Many Women."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on March 14, 2019

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