Skin Health FAQs

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What Causes Acne?


Acne can occur at any age and to anyone. A clogged pore is what leads to an acne spot. A common culprit for clogging pores is dead skin. Dead skin blocks the pathway for sebum to release, it then collects and causes an eruption or zit.

The skin requires oil to keep a healthy balance, but when oil and dead skin cells are stagnant, acne is the result.

Everyone has bacteria on their skin. However bacteria can get trapped within pores, creating what is called p. acnes (Propionibacterium acnes). These red and swollen nodules take root deep in the skin and take longer to clear than blackheads and whiteheads.

Acne is a side effect caused by the blockage of pores from oil and dead skin, but how the blockage occurs varies. Blockages may  be triggered by the following:

  • Diet: Studies have shown an increase in the skin’s oil production for those who eat more dairy and high-carbohydrate foods.
  • Hormones: During adolescence and puberty, hormones in the body naturally increase. This change triggers sebaceous glands to produce more oil and make pores more susceptible to clogging.
  • Stress: Scientists have not been able to directly link why stress impacts acne, but they do recognize, that more stress leads to more acne.
  • Medications: Corticosteroids, anticonvulsants, lithium, bromides, or iodides are a few examples of medications that carry a risk of acne-like side effects. Acne breakouts from medication are less common.

​Recognize the contributing factors when it comes to clogged pores and increased oil production. The best way to minimize acne is to keep pores clear and oil regulated.


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