Most of us have had at least a pimple, reviled it, and tried to stop it from bulging out from the skin. Acne though, is more than just a pimple. It’s a condition that shows up as different types of bumps such as blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, or cysts.
At Wake Health Medical Group, we have the best acne treatment in Raleigh, NC, which is great, but you’re probably wondering what can you do to prevent it from starting in the first place?
While acne is considered to be a normal part of puberty, that doesn’t make a teen want to hide less when they’re staring at a big zit on their face in the mirror. And the cause of acne can be somewhat complicated given that there are many factors that can contribute to an acne breakout including skin care regimens, age, lifestyle and hormones. So, let’s try to get a better understanding about this bothersome and even distressing issue.
What Causes Acne?
When a new pimple begins to form, the first thing that happens is the clogging of a pore in your skin. Pores in your skin contain oil glands (also known as sebaceous glands). These glands make sebum, which is an oil that lubricates your hair and skin. Normally, the sebaceous glands make the right amount of sebum.
However, a shift in hormones can stimulate the sebaceous glands to make more sebum. Additionally, although dead skin cells are suppose to shed and not stick to the pores – when our oil glands produce sebum (oil), the dead skin cells stick to the pore like a magnet. This causes bacteria, especially one called acnes Propionibacteriumto get trapped in the pores and creates a perfect house for the bacteria to multiply. This causes redness, swelling and the formation of a pimple.
Don’t worry though! In addition to the more common methodologies such as antibiotics, medications and topical applications, our personalized and proven acne treatment plan can include medical-grade chemical peels, acne surgery, Blu-U® Blue-Light and more.
So, what can YOU do to prevent an acne outbreak in the first place? Here are five triggers of acne that may help you prevent it from rearing its ugly head.
1. Hormones – Androgens (male hormones), are present in both men and women. These hormones over stimulate the oil glands which, as mentioned earlier, causes dead skin to get stuck into our pore. During a woman’s menstrual cycle, estrogen and progesterone levels are low, but in comparison, testosterone is relatively high. This is one of the reasons why women’s acne tends to flare up before and during their menstrual cycle. Of course, there’s not a lot you can do to prevent this from happening. However, it can be helpful and make a difference for women to know how to take extra special care of their skin before and during their menstrual cycles. There are also ways to tackle hormonal acne with medications. Call us today to ask our acne medical provider specialists how.
2. Diet – In the past, dermatologists thought that food didn’t play a role in acne, but there have been many studies on what foods cause acne. In a 2013 report from the American Academy of Dermatology, their study suggests that there are some foods that can make acne worse. Some of these types of food includes sugary foods with high glycemic index that spike your blood sugar, bad fats (like those found in junk foods), and dairy-based foods.
3. Medications – There are definitely medications that are known to trigger acne. Steroids like prednisone or anabolic steroids used for body building, among others, and medications like lithium (used to treat depression and bipolar disorder) can trigger acne.
4. Cosmetic Products – Silicons and oils in your cosmetic products can clog your pores. This type of acne is called acne cosmetic. It’s important to wash your makeup brushes on a regular basis and use products that specifically state they are non-comedogenic or oil-free.
5. Stress – Stress of any kind is never a good thing for your body and the same holds true for your skin. Similar to how testosterone hormones increase the production of sebum, stress leads to release of a substance called cortisol. Sometimes, when people are stressed, it can lead to a condition known as picker’s acne where people feel compelled to pick and squeeze even at the slightest sign of a pimple. This of course can cause scarring.
Wrapping It Up
So that ends our discussion on acne breakout.
We looked at what it actually is, some of its causes, and the main culprits behind its outbreak. We also discussed 5 culprits for combating or eliminating it.
Taking all these things into consideration can efficiently aid you in fighting against acne breakouts.
It’s certainly not fun, but the good news is that many of the triggers that can cause an acne breakout can be stopped. And if they can’t, we can help you address it, so you can enjoy a more satisfying life!
Recommended Reading: In addition to all these tips we’ve shared, we recommend you also check out what’s causing persistent acne on your cheeks article for even more insights on this subject.