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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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