Retention hyperkeratosis occurs when there is accelerated production of skin cells within the pores, and, at the same time, increased retention of dead skin cells. The skin is in hyperdrive. But not every pore or follicle experiences the affects of retention hyperkeratosis. Only the acne prone follicles demonstrate this response.
Follicles are a small structure within the epidermis of the skin and have an opening on the surface. Follicles will either produce a hair (hair follicle) or oil (sebaceous follicle). Both type of follicles are served by a sebaceous (oil) gland.
During adolescence, as we mature, testosterone begins to circulate within the body. The free-flowing testosterone is then converted to dihydrotestosterone in the skin by an enzyme. The dihydrotestosterone stimulates the follicles to produce more oil. In those susceptible to acne, the increase in oil production stimulates the retention hyperkeratosis. And this results in acne.
Think of it as a three-legged stool. These three components must all be there to produce the firestorm known as acne. HORMONES+SEBUM+RETENTION HYPERKERATOSIS=ACNE
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