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Causes of Acne - The Real Cause

Updated on April 5, 2012

What causes acne? I mean the real cause and not speculations and interpretation of the old myths, concerning acne causes.

Those who discuss the topic vary the causes to include all what is thought to be the cause of acne, based on theoretical wrong judgements on observations associated with acne. They keep telling you about effects of hormones specially androgens, diet, stress, vitamin deficiency ...etc, leaving you more confused every time you read about acne causes.

The real underlying cause of acne is that the body stores extra fat in the skin, instead of other parts of the body like abdomen and muscles, under the predominant influence of growth hormone. The amounts of fat stored in the skin is increased, when the body is devoted to synthesize more important fat molecules, i.e. steroidal hormones.

In this hub Try the new acne cure, you will find some valuable information about how acne is caused by synthesis of steroidal hormones, and not as a result of their effects. In the following paragraphs, we will discuss the alleged causes of acne and prove that they are wrong, and the good news is that we will conclude the correct way to boost fat metabolism in the skin, and how to let it takes the extra step to eliminate extra fat, blackheads, white heads and pimples, in other words how we can combat acne.

Hormones as a Cause of Acne

They tell you that hormones are responsible for the maturation of the oil glands in our skin. They add that androgens (the male hormones that are present in both sexes), causes secretion of excess oil which clogs pores where bacteria can grow and cause pimples and blemishes.

Actually this emphasizes what I am saying, the cause of acne is the synthesis of steroidal hormones and not their effects, and here are the reasons:

- There is no acne in children and women after menopause, the later group have well developed oil glands, but in both groups there are little amounts of steroidal hormones produced.
- Acne caused by stress is associated with synthesis of corticosteroids mainly and not androgens. The same can apply to acne flared before menstruation, which is caused by progesterone and not androgen.
- After growth is completed, acne declines rapidly despite the fact that the body still secretes good amounts of androgens.
- Acne may be caused by secreting tumors of ovary and adrenals, both secrete by far less amounts of androgens than estrogen or corticosteroids.

- Androgens in excess do not grow hairs in a male beard longer despite the fact that they are responsible for its appearance. A male beard is a must even in females under the effect of high level of androgens but acne is not.

Diet as a Cause of Acne

The advocates of the "Androgens as a Cause of Acne" theory, relate diet to increased production of androgens through other hormones like insulin. Nevertheless, they take precautions about positive effects of diet on acne, and conclude that they are not certain about effect of diet on acne.

The truth is diet neither produces the amounts of hormones responsible for precipitation of acne, nor it contains sufficient amounts of vitamins like vitamin B5, and amino acids like Cysteine or Methionine, which are needed to produce sufficient amounts of Coenzyme A, which is the key element to cure acne.

Some people accuse some foods like chocolate to cause acne. In 1969, a study was conducted to investigate chocolate as a cause of acne, and found that chocolate has no relation to causes of acne. Moreover, there are good masks made with chocolate to utilize its powerful antioxidant properties, in fighting changes induced by acne.

Stress as a Cause of Acne

They speculate that stress causes an inflammatory response in the walls of pores and makes it break. Again, they relate stress to increased production of androgens by the adrenals, and this androgen causes acne.

The truth is, androgens secreted by the adrenal gland represent a small percentage of those circulating in the blood. Stress cause the adrenals to largely produce the stress hormones (Corticosteroids), the synthesis of which drives fat metabolism away from metabolizing the extra fat in the skin.

If inflammation is the response of stress that causes acne, the secreted corticosteroids would eradicate it through their very potent anti-inflammatory effect.

Go Pantethine or Pantothenic acid Plus Cysteine to Cure Acne

The baseline is that the real cause of acne is that, the body fat metabolism at that time is primarily devoted to synthesis of steroidal hormones, at the expense of burning the stored fat in the skin.

Storing fat in the skin as the largest organ in the body, is a bypass of the body to store fat when it is predominantly under the influence of growth hormone, which burns fat in the muscle and abdomen.

Go read this hub Acne Cure Guarantee to learn how to take Pantethine or Pantothenic acid plus Cysteine (or Methionine) to cure acne.

Cysteine and Pantothenic Acid Practically

I have just received this letter from a reader of the hub that recommends combining L-Cysteine and Pantothenic Acid to cure acne :

"Hi, I wanted to let you know how things are going with the l-cysteine.

I have taken 500 mg of l-cysteine 3 times a day along with 1 gram of pantothenic acid 3 times a day. I did this for two weeks. After that the results were very good, though not quite perfect. So I decided to increase to 4 times a day of 500mg and 1 gram of PA and see what happens.

Well I can happily say that after only 4 or 5 days I am COMPLETELY clear, and my body as a whole feels a bit dryer. But here is the thing. On about day 6 my skin is feeling a little "sunburned" and my lips are getting chapped like crazy. I assume this is the treatment working "too well".

So here is my question to you. Taking 3 doses a day seems to be very good but not quite perfect, and 4 doses a day seems to be too strong. Should I just try staying with 3 doses for a longer period of time, or maybe take 2 grams of PA instead of one with each dose of cysteine? I want to know what you suggest for this type of issue.

Also I really want to thanks you for making this info available to me. I have never been this clear before ever since I started getting acne and this is the only thing I have ever tried that can actually work "too well"."

I recommended that he may increase the dose of Pantothenic acid since it is currently used in a dose of 10 grams daily in some acne treatment plans. On chemical basis the reaction needs more amount of pantothenic acid in grams than it needs cysteine, according to calculations involving molecular weight of the two substances.

I also recommended that he takes care of his skin the regular way of moisturizing, sun protection....etc.

I have his permission to publish his message.


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      4 years ago

      Thanks for the article. I don't mean to go off topic but your comment really peaked my interested:"The right way of gaining weight is eating unless you mean that the person is underweight, is that what you mean?"

      I am very underweight and it seems like no matter how much I eat, I don't gain much weight. When I do gain some, just being in bed from a cold sets me back to the same weight again. How do you recommend people like me to gain weight in a healthy way?

    • elqalatawy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Egypt

      You are welcome brownie12,

      Take them with meals to reduce any probable effect on the stomach wall.

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      6 years ago

      Hi! thanks for your info. I am going to try 1g B5 with 500mg l-cysteine 3 times daily. I have one question: Should I take both supplement on an empty stomach or with food? Does it matter?

      Thanks so much! I really appreciate this article, I'm committed to your plan.


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      Mohamed Farid 

      7 years ago from Alexandria, Egypt

      A+ info in a well written hub, i always suffered from acne but never understood the causes, now i do and will definitely try your suggested cures.

      Thanks and keep it up!

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      7 years ago

      Thanks alot for the reply.

      yes, the person is underweight.

    • elqalatawy profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Egypt

      Hi ken,

      If your friend's dairy products accelerate formation of acne for any reason, can we advice all people to abstain dairy products? If your friend uses the supplements I recommend dairy products would not affect him the same way. Diet can modulate the condition of acne but it does not start it.

      The right way of gaining weight is eating unless you mean that the person is underweight, is that what you mean?

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      7 years ago

      i know u have mentioned in several of your articles on acne that diet does not cause acne, but my friend stopped taking dairy products for over 6 months now and his acne condition is better than before. How's that?

      Secondly, i would like to suggest a topic to write about: gaining weight the right way. Just a suggestion, bro. Thanks.

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      7 years ago


      ok, thanks mr el qalatawy for the answer, appreciate it :)

    • elqalatawy profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Egypt




      Do you mean exercise to fight acne? Even face gymnastics can't do it because acne fat is not diffused in the skin, it is stored in oil glands and should be metabolized by the body.

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      7 years ago

      I understand the article pretty well, but can exercise also help with the fat metabolism in a way?

    • billabongbob profile image


      7 years ago from South Wales, UK

      Excellent Hub, well written and very informative. Voted up, interesting and useful.


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