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What Causes Acne?

Author: Jiahao Wu

Editors: Peggy Yang, Michael Zhu

Artists: Susan Wu

We panic when pimples and acne starts appearing on our faces, rush to apply acne treatment products, and put on face masks, praying that they will go away. But most products don’t work immediately. Why? Why don't the pimples just go away the second you wash them with a benzoyl peroxide cleanser? The basic answer is puberty—hormones. Acne is caused by the imbalance of hormones which means they need time to go away.