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What’s Causing My Acne?

What’s Causing my Acne?

So what actually causes acne? Many people believe that acne is caused by eating chocolate, not sleeping enough, and many other different factors. The truth is, not one factor causes acne. Many different factors together cause your acne. It happens when oil (sebaceous) glands are activated at puberty, stimulated by male hormones from the adrenal glands in both boys and girls. Oil is a natural substance which lubricates and protects the skin. Under certain circumstances, cells that are close to the surface block the openings of sebaceous glands and cause a buildup of oil underneath. This oil stimulates bacteria, which live in everyone’s skin and generally cause no problems, but when it multiplies it causes surrounding tissues to become inflamed. If the inflammation is right near the surface, you get a pustule; if it’s deeper, a papule (pimple); deeper still and it’s a cyst. If the oil breaks though to the surface, the result is a “whitehead.” If the oil becomes oxidized (that is, acted on by oxygen in the air), the oil changes from white to black, and the result is a “blackhead.” Now let’s simplify it to a few factors.  

Heredity

With the exception of very severe acne, most people do not have the problem exactly as their parents did. Not the same exact problem, but it could contribute to the possibility of acne. Almost everyone has some acne at some point in life.

Food

All over the world, parents tell teens to avoid pizza, chocolate, greasy and fried foods, and junk food. While these foods may not be good for overall health, they don’t cause acne or make it worse. Studies show dairy products and high glycemic foods, however, can trigger acne.

Dirt

Some individuals have more “oily” skin than others (as mentioned above, “blackheads” are oxidized oil, not dirt). Sweat does not cause acne; therefore, it is not necessary to shower instantly after exercise for fear that sweat will clog pores. On the other hand, excessive washing can dry and irritate the skin. Irritating the skin is what can clog your pores.

Hormones

Most women break out cyclically. Some oral contraceptive pills help relieve acne. Men can break out a lot during puberty. It just how puberty works. The influx on hormones can increase the release of oil, which can result in acne.

Cosmetics

Little do people know that most cosmetic and skin care products are not pore-clogging (“comedogenic.”). Though they say they are not pore-clogging, make sure to get cosmetics that are listed as “water-based” or “oil-free” (non-comedogenic). They are the better choice.

So as you can see, your acne can be cause my multiple factors. Whether it’s hereditary, food, dirt, hormones, & cosmetics, all these factors contribute to your acne. At the end of the day, it’s all about preventing the clogging of your pores to prevent acne.

If you’re currently experiencing unwanted acne, feel free to send us an email or message so we can schedule you a free consultation! We look forward to speaking with you!

Top Ten Skincare Tips

Top Ten Skincare Tips

What would your esthetician tell you if you asked for her top tips on skincare? We’ve compiled a few of our most important top tips for you, so take your pick (or try them all).

1. Get your veggies! If you can, invest in a good quality juicer and drink your fill of green veggie juice every day. Swap your afternoon coffee or morning latte for a green juice and watch it transform your skin completely. Green juices help to stimulate lymphatic drainage and oxygenate your skin. Add some avocado if you really want to power up your juice – it gives your skin nutrition from inside and has great hydrating properties.


2. Always, always take off your make up before you go to bed. Sleeping in your make up is not only bad for your pillow cases, it’s terrible for your skin as the chemicals in modern make up stay in your pores overnight if you don’t remove them properly. Blocked pores lead to breakouts and for the sake of a few minutes before bed, it’s just not worth it.


3. Don’t worry about putting a face on for the gym – always work out makeup free. Mixing sweat with your cosmetics creates a lovely sheen of bacteria and chemicals that won’t do the
condition of your skin any good, so avoid any makeup at all, yes, even tinted moisturizer!
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