Acne: What Causes It And How You Can Treat It

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Almost everyone at one point in his or her life has experienced acne. Acne can be irritating and embarrassing.  Everyone wants to find a cure that can eliminate acne once and for all. Although no acne treatment is permanent, once you understand what causes acne you can take steps to help prevent it.

What is Acne

Acne is when skin pores begin producing more cells than necessary and become blocked. This causes sebum oil to become trapped inside the pores, which in turn causes bacteria to form. As the bacteria begin to grow, bumps on the skin form. These bumps are what are commonly known as acne.

Common Causes of Acne

There are multiple factors that can cause your pores to become clogged.

  • Air Travel – Skin becomes dehydrated due to a lower humidity inside of an airplane’s cabin. This cause moisture to be depleted from your skin and the dry skin causes clogged pores.
  • Hormones – Many women experience breakouts leading up to their monthly cycle, mid cycle during ovulation, and during menopause.
  • Medications – Some medications can cause stress on the nervous system, which as stated before, stress can lead to the over productions of cortisol which in turn causes breakouts.
  • Not Washing Your Face – Dirt, makeup, or any thing on a person’s face can clog their pores.
  • Stress – Stress can cause the adrenal glands to overproduce the steroid cortisol. The overproduction of this steroid causes the skin to become oilier.
  • Sugar and Dairy Consumption – If a person eats more sugar or dairy than your body can handle, your skin will excrete the sugar and dairy, which will cause an acne breakout on the lower area of the face.
  • Touching Your Face – Many people touch their face without even realizing that they’re doing it. This causes your face to become extremely dirty, which in turn clogs their pores.

Ways to Treat Acne

Obviously, a person can speak with a dermatologist about their acne, but that should only be reserved for extreme cases.

  • Don’t Touch Your Face – This sounds easier than it actually is simply because so many people touch their face without realizing they’re doing so.  But at the very least a person can wash their hands more often, and also wash their face at least twice a day.
  • Exercise More – Working out relieves stress and also helps balance out hormones.  Also, sweat clears out pores. Make sure to wear loose fitting clothing while exercising as the friction and heat from constant contact between your skin and clothes can cause breakouts also. Finally, be sure to shower as soon as possible after working out, as sweat evaporates off your body, leaving salt on your skin, which can clog your pores.
  • Manage Stress – Find ways to keep stress down. As mentioned earlier, exercise is a great way to accomplish. Also practice breathing techniques, or even purchase a fish tank.
  • Use a Topical Solution – Applying a topical solution is the most popular way to treat an acne breakout because of how quickly the solution clears the acne.  Most over the counter topical solutions contain benozyl peroxide or salicylic acid and can be purchased over the counter. For extreme acne breakouts, a doctor can prescribe a prescription strength topical solution.

This is  a guest post.  The article has hopefully given the reader a better idea of what can cause acne, and the many types of acne treatment that are available today. But always remember that if you have an acne breakout and aren’t sure how to handle it, make an appointment with your doctor as they can help you treat your acne the best.

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