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Have you ever looked into the mirror and recoiled with horror at what appeared tobe the worst pus-filled abomination imaginable Did you then react with murderousintentions to kill the intruder You think Be gone you damnable spot I will rid myselfof you immediately I will attack you and kill you even if it kills me And kill you itmay if you dare to pick it for you are not a surgeonTo pick at that thing on your face might set the wheels of disaster in motion Your hands may not be clean your facial skin may not be clean and your fingernails maynot be clean Nothing would be sterile and you could open up a pathway for hordes ofharmful bacteria to march right into that hole you dug and straight into your bloodstream Consequently your squeezing picking and digging could possibly result in problems farworse than the appearance of the monstrosity you set out to destroyThe offending pustule you saw on your face is of course acne the enemy ofyouth It is a common skin disorder that plagues mostly teenagers and causes themmisery embarrassment and even loss of self-esteem It can flare up even in later adultyears and one might have to deal with the scars of it all their lives for acne cannot becured It can be treated with some success however and it can be covered up to someAcne is linked to hormonal changes that occur in the bodies of adolescent boysand girls Particularly the sex hormones that cause oil glands in the skin to enlarge andsecrete more oil Sometimes producing too much oil the hair follicles become cloggedand prevent dead skin cells and sebum or oil from escaping The buildup of dead cellsand sebum form pimples in which bacteria grow and the pimple may continue to swelland rupture transforming into pustules and cysts which cause the most scarringThe cause of acne is heredity for the most part It tends to run in
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