Acne is not one size fits all. Depending on the cause of your acne, it can manifest as a strange pimple or a more chronic condition for life. The truth is that up to 80% of us will experience acne at some point in our life. One of the best ways to get rid of acne? Go to the source. Here are five causes of acne and our tips to eliminate breakouts for good.
Causes of acne
These are some of the factors that can contribute to breakouts, blemishes, and more chronic acne.
Every pimple starts out the same way: with a clogged pore. Each of our pores is made up of a hair follicle that contains a sebaceous (fat) gland that plays a key role in healthy skin. The sebaceous glands release sebum, an oily, waxy secretion that helps lubricate and smooth the surface of the skin. When sebum travels along the follicle to the surface of the skin, it can get trapped by dead skin cells that block its path. Acne occurs when oil, debris, and bacteria combine, causing the infection and inflammation we call a breakout.
Excess oil production
Is your skin very oily? Oily skin is linked to a genetic predisposition to overproduce the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which causes the skin’s oil glands to produce more sebum. When your skin produces too much oil, your pores get enlarged and stretched in an attempt to contain the excess. If excess oil is trapped, it can combine with dead skin and bacteria that have settled inside the pore, causing breakouts. The severity of acne breakouts can depend on your body’s reaction to excess oil production. According to WebMD: “The sebum levels that can cause a pimple or two in one person can lead to widespread breakouts, or even acute cystic acne, in another person.”
Everyone has acne bacteria that live on their skin, but not all acne bacteria trigger pimples. According to Medical news today: “Research suggests that the severity and frequency of acne depend on the strain of bacteria.” The strain of bacteria that contributes to acne is called Propionibacterium acnes or P. acnes. This bacteria is generally harmless, but under certain conditions (as in a clogged pore, surrounded by oil and without air) can trigger an immune response that causes inflammation of the surrounding tissues.
Fluctuations in the body’s androgen levels, particularly during puberty and pregnancy, can also trigger acne. In fact, the Women’s Health Magazine states that up to 26% of women in their 30s struggle with outbreaks. Whitney Bowe, MD He says Health: “When a woman’s androgen receptors are particularly sensitive, these hormones can trigger excess oil production and cause skin cells to become sticky, leading to clogged pores and breakouts.” Typically, Hormonal acne will appear on the lower half of the face., which appear along the jaw line and sprout during their monthly cycle.
Unfortunately, your own inevitable genetic makeup often comes into play. Mona Gohara, MD He says Marie Claire: “Some people are genetically more prone to their sebaceous glands being inflamed by hormones, oil, and bacteria.” Chances are, if one of your parents had moderate to severe acne, you are likely experiencing symptoms as well.
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This post was originally published in October 2018 and has been updated for accuracy and completeness.