Science has answered many questions regarding the cause and formation of acne, but still more research is underway. The aim of this research is to gain a better understanding on how to prevent acne from forming in the first instance.
Acne can be described as a disorder of the skin barrier system. We see this in the redness, inflammation, oiliness, dryness, blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples. While genetic programming and lifestyle choices certainly play a role in the development acne, recent research has uncovered a link between the initial formations of an acne lesion, called a comedone, with an essential fatty acid deficiency of linoleic acid within the opening of the hair follicle.