Acne is not one size fits all. Depending on the cause of your acne, it may manifest as the odd pimple or a more chronic, lifelong condition. The truth is, up to 80% of us will experience acne at some point during our lifetimes.
One of the best ways to kick acne to the curb? Get to the source. Here are five causes of acne, and our tips for banishing breakouts for good.
5 Causes Of Acne
1 Clogged & Blocked Pores
Every pimple begins the same way: with a clogged pore. Our pores are made up of a hair follicle containing a sebaceous (oil) gland which releases a waxy, oily secretion that helps to moisturize and soften the skin’s surface. When sebum is flowing along the follicle towards the skin’s surface, it can get trapped or stuck by dead skin cells blocking its path. Acne occurs when oil, debris and bacteria combine, causing the infection and inflammation that we call a breakout.
2 Excess Oil Production
If excess oil becomes trapped, it can combine with the dead skin and bacteria that have settled inside the pore, causing breakouts.
Everyone has acne bacteria living on their skin, but it takes the right conditions for the acne to cause a pimple. If the bacteria is contained in a clogged pore, surrounded by oil and no oxygen -- it can trigger an inflammatory response.
Hormones fluctuate particularly during puberty and pregnancy, and can also trigger acne. Usually, hormonal acne will appear on the lower half of the face, appearing along the jawline, and flare up during your monthly cycle.
Genetics are linked to acne and the odds are pretty high if one of your parents had acne -- you mostly likely will too.