There are so many different things can cause acne that trying to find the cause and cut that problem out can often be difficult. Acne occurs when cells near the surface of the skin block the openings to the sebaceous glands. This causes a buildup of sebum (oil) underneath the skin. Sebum stimulates bacteria that is found on everyone’s skin and causes them to multiply because they feed on it. This multiplication results in inflammation of the surrounding tissues.
While there is really no one cause (other than oil multiplying the bacteria), there are a lot of factors that can contribute to acne and, when bunched together, cause it. Here are a few examples:
- Heredity: Acne is something that can inherited from family members. Although the type of acne and area affected may vary. Heredity can definitely be a contributing factor. Unfortunately a factor that you don’t have any control over.
- Overproduction of sebum: When there is so much sebum being produced that it gets backed up as it is released.
- Hormones: Women will especially notice as they go through cycles where their hormones fluctuate they may have an acne breakout once a month. Hormone changes due to pregnancy can also cause skin problems.
- Stress: High levels of stress from work and life in general can lead to acne. Tension causes the glands to close up and this creates a backup of sebum that would normally be released.
Here are a few very important things to remember when dealing with acne prone skin:
- Don’t try to squeeze the pimples. This will actually push the infection further down and create more blockage. It will also increase the swelling and redness. Scarring is also more likely when you try to pop pimples.
- Your skin needs to breathe. Try to wear loose fitting clothing if you have acne on your chest or back and avoid wearing scarves. Tight headbands and caps should be avoided as much as possible. If you have to wear them make sure they are clean.
- Don’t go to sleep with makeup on. Only use makeup that is nonceomedogenic or nonacnegenic -most make-up products have this information on their labels.
- Do not scrub the skin. This will only cause more irritation.
- If you have a special occasion coming up and need help with clearing up blemishes: