Acne is a common skin condition that affects from 40 to 50 million people in the United States. The main cause of acne is the overproduction of oil that blocks hair follicles, so it is not able to leave the pore. Once the pore is clogged, the bacteria P. acnes start to grow in the follicle, causing whiteheads, small bumps, blackheads, nodules and cysts. Acne is usually found on the face, chest, back and shoulders. These areas have oil glands. While acne is normal, especially in teenagers, some things may aggravate it.
Spicy foods often contain irritants that change the skin’s pH level, triggering breakouts. Other foods may also be irritants, including bread and dairy. There is no one-size-fits-all for food irritants. If you are breaking out, you may be able to determine your irritants from the food you recently ate.
Some skin products contain ingredients that clog pores. Mineral oil is known to clog pores, as is silicone. You need to read the labels and select skin care products that are non-comedogenic. This means they are manufactured not to clog pores.
Some people will try anything to remove acne and use spot treatments such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid too liberally. These treatments dry out your skin and cause it to produce more oil. Some of the treatments can actually burn your skin if used too often.
Hair products, such as moisturizing creams, conditioners and stylers, can get into your pores and clog them. This is a common cause for acne on the shoulders, back and hairline.
Smoking is seriously unhealthy and will break down elastin and collagen in your skin. This is the main reason why people who smoke age faster. When the smoke dries your skin, it produces more oil with the potential for clogging pores.
Excessive scrubbing and exfoliating of the skin can cause the active acne and bacteria to spread to other areas on your skin, actually making the condition worse. Constantly picking and pinching pimples can only make the condition worse as well. Not only will it make the pimple red and more obvious, but it may also push the puss deeper into your skin, causing other pimples to erupt.
Stress is a trigger for acne because it causes increased production of oil that clogs pores. When you are feeling too much stress, your body will produce hormones that will harm your skin.
For some people, the detergent they use can cause acne breakouts. If your face is resting on a pillowcase that contains irritants, you could wake up with red bumps.
Hats and helmets can trap sweat and bacteria against your face. This may clog pores and cause pimples to erupt on your hairline. After a workout or excessive sweating, it is good to take a shower, but it is important to wash your face. The sweat mixes with moisturizers and makeup to create clogged pores that are loaded with bacteria.
During a consultation at Medical Aesthetics of New England, our specialist can evaluate your condition and skin type and find the main causes for your acne breakouts in order to come up with a treatment plan that will work for you. We have locations in Acton and Fitchburg. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.