Acne. Everyone gets it, and that’s okay. From the time you’re a teenager through adulthood, you’ll probably suffer from it. Most people have horror stories about a pimple unearthing itself just as they were about to go on a special date. We’ve all been there before.
But most people wonder why: Why do we get acne? What are the causes of acne? We see these cases all the time at Pure Touch Skin Center. It’s nothing to feel ashamed about, but it can lower your self-confidence. Hopefully we can educate you a little bit so you can understand why you get it, and how to better deter it from happening.
First, Let’s Define What Acne Is
Acne is an overarching term. Basically it’s the result of your skin and hair follicles becoming clogged with dead skin cells and oil.
As a result of the clogging, you’re going to see a variety of types of acne such as blackheads, pimples, and whiteheads. Despite taking measures to treat your acne, you’ll likely continue to see it break out from time to time. Now let’s take a look at what are the causes of acne.
Hormones Are One Of The Causes Of Acne
From birth all the way throughout your life, your body is creating a hormone called androgen. As androgen is being created in your body, the oil glands under your skin expand and produce more oil. As the oil is trying to get out, it can cause skin to rupture and dead skin cells to form. The oil attaches to the dead skin cells and can cause blockages in the pores, which ultimately lead, and turn into, pimples.
Perhaps you were born into a family where most people suffered from acne. Aren’t you lucky? If so, chances are that you’ll also suffer from it, despite your best efforts to make it go away.
There was a study done in the UK that provides evidence of genetics being one of the causes of acne. They tested 204 patients with acne and 144 without acne, then drew up their family tree for first-degree relatives. Patients who had first-degree relatives with acne had four times the chance of getting acne themselves.
You can certainly try and treat acne and suppress it with a number of medications, but that giant pimple is still going to rear its ugly head sooner or later.
Excess buildup of bacteria is another one of the causes of acne. As we stated earlier, the oil glands directly under your skin expand, and bacteria can be created as the oil tries to seep out. Some people will have more bacteria than others, resulting in acne occurring more often.
You may have been told growing up that greasy food is why you got that awful pimple right before prom night—but according to the Mayo Clinic, that isn’t true. Instead, foods that include dairy and carbohydrates are more likely to contribute to acne breaking out in your body. We’re not recommending that you eliminate these, we’re just informing you that dairy and carbohydrates can be more likely to bring acne to the surface.
You’re going to get acne. There’s not much you can do to absolutely prevent it. And scrubbing your skin excessively to remove oil can often cause your skin to break down. We don’t want to see that. Just understand that it’s going to happen, and that some of the causes of acne are completely out of your control. However, there are skin care specialists who can help you improve the appearance of acne and acne scars, such as our team at Pure Touch Skin Center. Give us a call if you have questions about any of our acne treatments.