Causes of acne

What are the causes of acne? This is a really very burning question now days for teenager’s women and men’s also. We know that acne is caused by hormonal imbalance, the bacteria P. acnes, and over production of sebum by sebaceous glands.

causes of acne

There are also lots of other general factors which contribute in making control or total eradication of acne almost impossible. These factors can be as important as the nutrients in your diet or as trifle as how you wash your face. Diet plays a significant role in skin disorders, including acne. Sometimes a lack of certain nutrients causes’ acne, and sometimes the presence of certain food items worsen acne.

The reason is said to be that toxins and food, which are not processed properly by the digestive system in absence of necessary nutrients, sometimes end up getting eliminated through skin as acne or eczema, the chemical decomposition of certain food in digestive systems increases the amount of such elements which help in acne proliferation. Like saturated fat in animal products and the hydrogenated fat in processed food, refined sugar, coffee, alcohol etc,  these produce bio-chemical toxins after decomposition in the GI tract and these toxins are released through the skin pores causing or inflaming acne. The improper digestion also helps acne to increase.


It’s also seen that most of the cosmetics also increase up of acne

because of chemicals present in them. The cosmetics which have oil bases are not ideal for people suffering from acne, as these will increase the already high amount of sebum which is an oily substance in skin.

Even water-based cosmetics sometime contain certain chemicals which worsen acne. Recent findings about acne-inducing cosmetics include blushers in which red tints have been used which make the cane worst.
We have said that improper diet, excess use of cosmetics and pollution increases the acne but apart from these all the modern day lifestyle also contributes to acne indirectly. It is also fined in some research that the stress factor increases the acne. In one such study, researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine say that stress might actually worsen acne.


Avoid use of strong cosmetic in acne 2:

If you are having acne then you should avoid using cosmetics. If it is possible use, only water based cosmetics. Care should also be taken to check if they are noncomedogenic.

As it is got in the research that cosmetic manufacturers generally add artificial oil to the products assuming that sebum is always helpful for the skin. These oils actually block the pores and aggravate acne. So it is suggested to use water base cosmetic only.


Avoid make up products with a strong fragrance as they can trigger an allergic reaction. Instead, use products with a very lightly fragrance. Compact pressed powder should also be avoided. The puff tends to collect all the dirt, grime and bacteria of the skin and alleviate acne. Use loose face powder instead. The face powder will help to absorb the extra oil. Apply moisturizer evenly with a light hand. This prevents deposition of excess products at different spots.

Another option available is mineral make up. It contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. They have anti bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects that help prevent acne. Even these should be used with caution since at times they tend make the skin dry.
At the end of the day, completely remove all make up. You can do so very conveniently with witch hazel. It is easily available. It contains enough alcohol to cleanse the skin but does not dry it out completely.

Avoid the use of strong cosmetics in acne

We know that cosmetics are chemical compound if they are used then are directly related to acne. In fact, acne cosmetica, or acne caused by cosmetics, is a common mild form of acne. This type of acne is triggered by topical factors and not the complex processes that take place inside the body. Even those people who are not susceptible to acne sometimes suffer from acne cosmetica.


Acne cosmetica it is generated by outside chemical substances, acne cosmetica is easy to get rid of. Stop using the cosmetic which has triggered acne and the acne disappears. Acne cosmetica is small, rashy, pink bumps on the cheek, chin and forehead. It develops over a period of a few weeks or months and may be persistent for a long time.


The outbreak can be stopped by end the use of the particular cosmetic which triggers the onset. In any condition, people suffering from acne should avoid using cosmetics. It is proved that makeup does not cause acne, but it can worsen the existing acne condition. Unfortunately, people are not aware of this “action and reaction” relation between acne and cosmetics, and end up worsening their infection by using more cosmetics to hide acne.
Now days some skin and hair care products can induce comedones, or a basic form of acne. This ability to induce acne is called “acnegenicity.” Acne inducing ability refers to both comedogenicity (inducing comedones- whiteheads and blackheads) and papule and pustules formation. Acne cosmetica is different than other forms of acne because in this condition papules and pustules means pus filled pimples, appear first and comedones appear later. Most cosmetics carry the label of having been tasted for acnegenicity and being noncomedogenic, yet people suffering from acne should be careful in using even these cosmetics.

Prevention of acne

Acne is a problem which effect from sweet 16 to old 50 and beyond almost every one at some time of life. We know that acne has both causes like internal and external. So one can take basic precaution and prevent the acne. Because acne is caused by a combination of factors, including internal triggers that can cause imbalances inside the body, and an overproduction of oil and trapped bacteria on the outside, the most effective way to treat it is by addressing both areas.


There are some use useful daily use tips which is useful for any age.

  • Try to shower as soon as possible after your workout since sweat combined with skin oils can trap dirt and bacteria in your pores.
  • Wash your pillowcase often and always use clean face towels. Dirty towels and pillowcases can harbor bacteria and germs that can make acne worse.
  • Don’t go to bed with makeup on. It can clog your pores and lead to breakouts.
  • Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day to help “detoxify” the body from the inside out.
  • Don’t pick, pop or squeeze, or otherwise mess with your skin. Squeezing blemishes or whiteheads can lead to infection or scarring. It almost always makes the acne you have worse.
  • By taking these simple precautions, most people can reduce the occurrence of acne. There are also a variety of products available to help in healing or preventing breakouts. However, consumers should be careful about what they choose to use.

Scars in acne

After healing of an acne leaves a red or hyperpigmented mark on the skin. We can call this a post-inflammatory change is seen in the skin, and for healing it takes approximately 6-12 months.


For healing the skin normally it’s very urgent that no more acne develop in that area. . Any color change or skin defect still present after 1 year is considered to be a permanent defect or scar. To prevent post-inflammatory changes caused by acne is to prevent acne lesions from occurring. Wearing a good sunscreen is very important because unprotected exposure to the sun causes more skin damage and delays healing, therefore wearing a good sunscreen is important. Picking at scabs should be avoided at all costs. Scabs form to protect the healing process that is going on underneath them. Pulling a scab off before it is ready interferes with the healing and remodeling process, prolonging the time that post-inflammatory changes will be visible.