Causes of Acne

THE KEY FACTORS THAT CAUSE ACNE

Each person’s skin is unique and the causes of acne are often a combination of different factors. These can include:

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How your body naturally behaves:

  • Genetics – severe acne in particular is often passed down genetically
  • Hormones – hormonal changes occur during puberty and in women during pregnancy, menstruation and menopause. Hormonal changes can increase sebum production, which can lead to clogged pores
  • Stress – when stressed, our bodies release androgens – hormones which can increase oil production. Excess androgens can also be released by other medical conditions, such as PCOS in women
  • Sweating – especially while wearing a hat or a helmet, for example during sports. Sweat itself doesn’t cause acne, but acne-causing bacteria can mix with sweat and clog pores

How you interact with your skin:

  • Squeezing – squeezing pimples, which can make skin worse
  • Product overuse – using too many products on your skin or using pore-clogging products
  • Irritating your skin – scrubbing your skin too hard
  • Lack of action – not having a thorough and consistent skincare routine
  • Touching your face – transferring the oils in your hands may increase chances of acne
  • Not washing fabrics – not washing your clothes, towels or bedding regularly, as they can harbor bacteria and oil
  • Eating certain foods – high-glycemic foods and beverages – like white bread, fries, potato chips or sugary drinks – causes blood sugar spikes, which can trigger inflammation and excess sebum production
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HOW BAD IS MY ACNE?

There is no official US classification system for acne, but dermatologists often grade acne from 1 (mild) to 4 (severe). They take into account a variety of factors including the number of lesions, the type of acne, scarring levels and psychological effects.

However severe your acne, it will almost certainly be manageable with the right acne treatments and a good skincare routine. We find many people are able to clear their acne for good using PanOxyl® acne face wash products, which contain the active ingredient benzoyl peroxide.

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THE KEY FACTORS THAT CAUSE ACNE

Each person’s skin is unique and the causes of acne are often a combination of different factors. These can include:

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How your body naturally behaves:

  • Genetics – severe acne in particular is often passed down genetically
  • Hormones – hormonal changes occur during puberty and in women during pregnancy, menstruation and menopause. Hormonal changes can increase sebum production, which can lead to clogged pores
  • Stress – when stressed, our bodies release androgens – hormones which can increase oil production. Excess androgens can also be released by other medical conditions, such as PCOS in women
  • Sweating – especially while wearing a hat or a helmet, for example during sports. Sweat itself doesn’t cause acne, but acne-causing bacteria can mix with sweat and clog pores
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How you interact with your skin:

  • Squeezing – squeezing pimples, which can make skin worse
  • Product overuse – using too many products on your skin or using pore-clogging products
  • Irritating your skin – scrubbing your skin too hard
  • Lack of action – not having a thorough and consistent skincare routine
  • Touching your face –transferring the oils in your hands may increase chances of acne
  • Not washing fabrics – not washing your clothes, towels or bedding regularly, as they can harbor bacteria and oil
  • Eating certain foods – high-glycemic foods and beverages – like white bread, fries, potato chips or sugary drinks – causes blood sugar spikes, which can trigger inflammation and excess sebum production
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HOW BAD IS MY ACNE?

There is no official US classification system for acne, but dermatologists often grade acne from 1 (mild) to 4 (severe). They take into account a variety of factors including the number of lesions, the type of acne, scarring levels and psychological effects.

However severe your acne, it will almost certainly be manageable with the right acne treatments and a good skincare routine. We find many people are able to clear their acne for good using PanOxyl® acne face wash products, which contain the active ingredient benzoyl peroxide, as it helps prevent as well as treat acne.