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Acne: Common Causes

Common Acne Causes

If you have a family history of acne, you are at a greater risk of getting acne. Acne is not strictly hereditary, but the probability is higher if your family has a history of acne.

Androgen group hormones activate the sebaceous glands and also help block pore openings. Hormonal changes during puberty therefore trigger acne. This is the main cause of acne in teenagers. Women may get acne at later ages because of changes in hormones.

Oily skin
Those with oily skin have a greater probability of getting acne. The excess sebum gives much needed food to bacteria P.acnes and may also block pore openings.

Though no food is directly linked with acne, experience suggests that some people get acne from eating certain foods. If you find any association between a food and your acne, stop eating that food.

Pressure and sweating
Pressure, rubbing of the skin and sweating can cause an acne known as acne mechanica. Tight clothes made of synthetics, backpacks, tight helmets and similar items may cause acne.

Menstrual cycle
Women may get acne some days before the beginning of their menstrual cycle because of changes in their hormones.

Some medicines can cause acne break-out.

Cosmetics and skin care products
Acne cosmetica can be caused by the use of cosmetics.

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Acne & Sunshine

Despite the belief that acne gets cleared by sunshine, there is no scientific evidence to this. Excess sun can damage your skin rather than treating acne.

Click here to learn more on Sun Damage.

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