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Some 85% or so of people in the UK are likely to experience acne at some point in their lives. Often this begins in adolescence, when, due to hormonal changes, the skin becomes more oily and blackheads and whiteheads result from blockage of the pores. These pores can become infected, causing pus spots or papules to develop.

There is no clear evidence of triggers that might give rise to an outbreak of acne. With regard to diet, suspicion has fallen on dairy products and chocolate in the past but studies have not conclusively proved a connection. And, whilst keeping the skin clean is clearly desirable, acne is not caused by a lack of cleanliness. Similarly, exposure to sunlight is not a factor in its development.