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Maturation Arrest Acne

Understanding and Preventing Maturation Arrest Acne

Maturation arrest acne looks like small pebbles under the skin. While it is usually non-inflammatory, it is inflammatory for certain individuals. It’s not visible from far away. However, when you observe your skin closely or pull it tight, you can see the small pebbles.

The cause of this acne is closed comedones or whiteheads. These whiteheads give the skin the pebbled appearance. Oil and dead skin cells accumulate inside the pore and create a blockage. The blockage also stops bacteria from getting in. That's why there is no inflammation. Without inflammation, the body is unable to discard the accumulated oil and cells from the pours. As a result, the acne doesn’t heal and results in permanent pebbles on your skin.

In a general acne life-cycle, the comedones mature into blackheads, which have been oxidized. But here, the maturation process is stopped or arrested. Instead, the accumulations get trapped and the pebbles continue to grow. Sometimes 50-100 blackheads and pores filled with sebum on only one side of the face with an occasional inflammatory lesion. Some individuals, that are prone to inflammation, will experience inflamed lesions as these closed comedones (pebbles) rise toward the surface of the skin.

Here are some of the culprits that can cause maturation arrest acne:

  • Hormonal Imbalances: A rise in Testosterone levels
  • Pore clogging ingredients in topical products
  • Tobacco Related: Clogged pores
  • Omega fatty acid Deficiency: Unbalanced secretion and excretion
  • Excessive Inflammation: Extreme exercise and sweating, inflammatory diet


  • Because maturation arrest acne is the hardest type of acne to treat, you will need to be proactive and seek the advice of certified acne specialist.
  • Apply corrective and skin digesting products for your exfoliation
  • Check cosmetics and hair care products for acne causing ingredients.
  • Add anti inflammatory foods and supplements to your diet such as CurcubaSorb and O.N.E. Omega
  • Balance hormones with Delgado Estro Block or DHT Block.
  • Manage stress as it can contribute to hormonal imbalances and over active sebum production.

Even though maturation arrest acne is not as painful as inflamed acne, it gives your skin a dull appearance. When you stretch your skin, you can see the small pebbles. Also, it makes your skin oily but dehydrated within the basil layers of the epidermis.

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