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An_207963 posted:
For men, if you let your facial hair grow out are you more prone to getting acne, blemishes, etc.?
David A Colbert, MD responded:
Hi Anon,

In men, increased hair growth on the face is not directly related to acne breakouts. In fact, there is a condition called pseudofolliculitis barbae (a chronic inflammatory process consisting of papules, pustules, and potential scarring) that improves when allowing more facial hair growth.

The etiology of acne is multifactorial and consists of the interaction between p. acne (a bacteria in the skin), hormonal stimulation of oil producing glands, keratinocyte buildup on the skin and inflammation.

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