What Causes Breakouts

What causes pimples?

Breakouts are one of the most common skin conditions in the world. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology reports that nearly 85% of people experience breakouts at some point in their lives.

The process starts and ends inside the pore, the passageway from the bottom of the hair follicle to the skin’s surface. When sticky skin oils mix with dead cells and form a plug, the stage is set for blemishes to begin. This plug acts like a cork in a bottle. It traps the oil inside the follicle, providing the ideal environment for bacteria to reside.


Blemishes are not your fault

Breakouts are mainly influenced by genetics and hormones. Other factors—including stress, medications, diet, cosmetics, excessive rubbing or friction against the skin, and a hot, humid climate—can be additional causes of blemishes.

Breakouts are not caused by how you wash your face. Sleeping on a dirty pillowcase, spreading germs by touching your face or occasionally eating a candy bar are also myths, suggesting that you are doing “something wrong” and therefore responsible for this problem. Blemishes are not, and never will be, your fault.

Your genetics determine how easily blemish bacteria multiply on your skin; how much your body initiates a swelling response to the bacteria; how much oil your body produces and how easily your pores get plugged. Very few people never break out. Most people experience breakouts on and off throughout their lives.


Your hormones and breakouts

Hormones are the primary cause of blemishes. During puberty, everyone begins to produce hormones called androgens. Androgens cause the sebaceous (oil) glands to enlarge, which is a natural part of the body’s development. Even though hormones play a vital role in your overall well-being, whether you are 15 or 55, hormones are to blame for your breakouts.

Most women are aware of the impact of hormones on their complexion. Because of the hormonal fluctuations during their monthly cycle, women can break out just before menstruation or during ovulation. The decline of estrogen with age is another key factor explaining the cause of breakouts in adult women.


Is there a blemish cure?

Here goes—unfortunately, there is no cure for breakouts. Fortunately, however, you absolutely can help prevent and control your blemishes. The key is to treat your entire face daily to stop blemishes before they become visible or have a chance to scar.

The physical and emotional impact of breakouts often lasts much longer than blemishes, sometimes forever. Breakouts often affect your life in more ways than you realise. Freeing yourself from this burdensome problem is the best gift you can give yourself!


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