A pimple can ruin the mood, especially if it surfaces on a big day! Don’t worry, millions of people across the world feel you’re pain including me.
Unfortunately, almost everyone experiences a pimple at some point in their life. Acne affects people of all ages and ethnicities and is caused by a variety of factors. It takes consistency, patience, and dedication to treat and prevent acne but the result is a happier, healthier, and more youthful you.
Here are 10 factors that contribute to the development of acne, and how you can take steps to prevent and manage it.
10 Factors That Cause Acne
1. Improper Skincare
The first factor that can cause acne is improper skin care. When you don’t cleanse your skin regularly or use the wrong products, it can lead to skin irritation or the buildup of oil, dead skin, and bacteria, which clog your pores and cause acne.
To prevent acne caused by improper skin care, visit your Esthetician to make sure you cleanse your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser and use non-comedogenic serums, moisturizers, sunscreen, and makeup.
2. Overactive Sebaceous (Oil) Glands
Sebaceous glands are tiny glands in your skin that produce oil, which helps keep your skin hydrated, nourished, and youthful. However, when these glands produce too much oil, it can lead to clogged pores and acne.
To prevent acne caused by overactive sebaceous glands, you can use products that help regulate oil production, such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. At Glowsthetics Skin Boutique, we prescribe the correct serums that match your skin.
3. Excess Shedding
Your skin naturally sheds dead skin cells, but if you produce too many, they can mix with oil and clog your pores, leading to acne.
To prevent acne caused by excess shedding, exfoliate your skin regularly with a gentle exfoliator, such as a chemical exfoliant that contains alpha-hydroxy acids. Again, Glowsthetics Skin Boutique can match the correct AHA serum for your skin.
4. Clogged Pores
Clogged pores lead to acne. Acne-prone skin can shed up to 5 layers of dead skin whereas healthy skin should shed 1 layer of skin a day. When dead skin cells, oils, and bacteria accumulate and clog your pores, it can lead to inflammation and different grades of acne.
To prevent clogged pores, make sure you cleanse your skin regularly, exfoliate to remove dead skin cells, and avoid touching your face with your hands.
Acne can be an inherited condition of the pores in which dead skin sheds too fast. If your parents or other family members had acne, you may be more likely to develop it too.
While you can’t change your genetics, you can take steps to manage your acne, such as using the right skincare products and avoiding triggers that can worsen your acne.
Hormones can play a big role in the development of acne, especially in women. Hormonal changes during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause can all contribute to acne. This is because hormones affect the consistency and amount of oil produced.
To manage acne caused by hormones, talk to your healthcare provider about hormonal treatments, such as hormone level testing or hormone replacement therapy. Or take a more holistic approach by consulting with a nutritionist.
Certain foods, such as dairy products, excess iodine, and high-glycemic-index foods, can trigger acne in some people. Additionally, a diet that lacks essential nutrients can also contribute to acne.
To prevent acne caused by diet, eat a low glycemic, balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. As well as get adequate water intake, at least half your body weight in ounces of water daily.
Stress can cause spikes in cortisol levels and lead to hormonal changes in your body that can contribute to acne. Additionally, stress can make you more likely to touch and pick at your skin, which can lead to inflammation, acne, and scarring.
To manage acne caused by stress, practice stress-reducing activities, such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises.
Certain medications, such as steroids, lithium, hormonal treatments, and some antidepressants, can cause acne as a side effect.
If you’re taking medication that is causing acne, talk to your healthcare provider about alternatives that may be less likely to cause acne.
10. Lifestyle Choices
Lifestyle factors such as smoking, lack of exercise, and poor sleep can also contribute to acne. Smoking causes dehydration and can lead to clogged pores and inflammation, while exercise and good sleep can help regulate hormones and reduce stress.
Another aspect of the lifestyle category is environmental conditions such as pollution and humidity which can also contribute to acne. Pollution can clog your pores, while humidity can cause excess oil production.
From Acne To Glow Up
In conclusion, acne can be caused by a variety of factors. An esthetician specializing in acne treatment can help you to determine which factors might be causing your acne. As experts, we can help create a custom regimen and guide you through the clearing process.
By taking action to control these factors, you can prevent and manage the future of your acne.
If you or someone you know is struggling with acne, Book a Free In-Person or Virtual Consultation via glowsthetics.com/online-booking/ or give us a call at (470) 747- 8355.
Don’t wait, let us help you beat your acne and give you a filter-free glow!