What Causes Acne

The Acne Cycle

Acne vulgaris, also known simply as acne, is the most common skin condition in the world. If you suffer from acne you know it’s more than just a few pimples on your face. Acne can affect every area of your life and make you feel alone, unattractive, even depressed.

Genetics and Acne

It’s a question we get all the time: “Is acne genetic?” The one-word answer is yes, acne is far more genetic than environmental. Acne genetics determine how your immune system responds to p. acnes bacteria; one person may develop only minor blackheads while another develops explosive red and tender nodules.

Hormones and Acne

When it comes to the causes of acne, what’s happening on the inside of your body is just as important as what’s happening on the outside. Hormones, which are chemical messengers that travel throughout the body coordinating complex processes like growth and metabolism play an especially big role.

Stress and Acne

Many of us have experienced a breakout when we’re stressed out. But why is it that pimples develop when we’re under pressure? The answer is simple. Stress hormones increase oil production and overall inflammation, which both flare acne if you’re already someone who suffers from it.

Diet and Acne

When it comes to skincare, we often put so much attention on the outside that we forget about our insides. Once upon a time, a common acne myth was that French fries and chocolate were to be avoided at all costs if you wanted clear skin. Now we know those foods don’t necessarily cause acne, but some foods do have properties that can trigger breakouts.

Medications and Acne

In addition to modifying your diet for acne, you may want to consider avoiding certain over-the-counter and prescription medications, or consider alternatives. Some may have side effects that can alter your body’s chemistry or hormones and lead to an acne outbreak.

Environment and Acne

There are number of environmental factors that can cause acne, including pollution and exposure to oil and grease, which may clog pores and lead to pimples. The weather can also have an affect on the skin. Heat and humidity, which increase oil production, are renowned acne triggers and even cold weather can stress the skin and cause breakouts.

Personal Habits, Cosmetics and Acne

There are many factors that determine whether you will experience a breakout. Some of these, like genetics or hormones, may be out of your control. But when it comes to personal habits and the products you use, you’re the boss. Choosing the right cosmetics is especially important for acne-prone skin.

Myths and Acne

There’s a lot of information – and misinformation – out there about acne. From old wives’ tales to well-meaning advice from friends, or home remedies and natural treatments that claim to be better than over-the-counter products.