No High Cholesterol Does Not Cause Acne

When patients see us at our acne clinic, they often ask questions about what causes acne. A common concern is, can high cholesterol cause acne? Although high cholesterol can cause skin concerns it does not cause acne. Often people misinterpret cholesterol deposits on the skin as being acne, yet this is not the case. Typical acne treatments will not be effective on cholesterol deposits as they are not acne and are not caused in the same way.

What Causes Acne

Cholesterol does not cause acne. Instead acne is caused by the hair follicles on our skin becoming clogged. This takes place when either oil or dead skin fills the hair follicle and clogs it. There are a variety of factors that will affect each person’s susceptibility to acne. Acne is not an indication that a person has poor hygiene or that their skin is not clean.

A main factor in acne production is hormonal changes. Changes such a puberty or menopause can affect acne. Medication, stress and in some cases diet may also be factors that contribute to acne production. If you have concerns about your acne it may be helpful to seek treatment and understand your unique acne factors.

Acne Treatment

Acne is not easy to treat on your own. It is often stubborn and seemingly resistant to at home treatments. It is important to know that you don’t have to suffer through acne symptoms alone. We are here to help you treat your acne and enhance your natural beauty.

Our Acne Clinic is dedicated to helping patients treat their acne symptoms and scarring. Let us help you determine the best treatment for your unique skin. We offer a variety of acne treatments including laser acne removal and chemical peels.

What Else Causes Acne?

For more information on what other things can potentially casue acne, please visit our "what causes acne" resource centre.