If you have ever had a pimple, you’ve had acne. It is a hormonal and inflammatory disease that affects all ethnicities, particularly during adolescence and early adulthood, and is found primarily on the face and upper body.
Acne lesions occur when the pores of the skin become clogged, trapping skin oil and bacteria inside, leading to a variety of acne lesions, from mild acne to severe acne that can scar.
Factors that may make acne worse: genetics, hormones, physical irritation of the skin, stress, sunburns, cosmetics, and diet.
Avoid pore-clogging ingredients, and always pop correctly.
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Smoking/Alcohol/Drugs Drugs and Acne Due to ethical restrictions, there is very little evidence regarding how marijuana (pot, weed), cocaine, ecstacy (MDMA), and methamphetamines (meth, crystal, speed) might affect acne.... November 18, 2019
Lifestyle Habits Does Washing the Skin Help or Hurt Acne? Washing the skin with a gentle, non-irritating cleanser removes surface dirt, oil, and sweat and allows acne treatments to penetrate. Studies show us that washing twice a day with a proper cleanser may help reduce acne. November 18, 2019
Sun Exposure Does Vitamin D Help Treat Acne? While we do not yet know exactly how or to what degree vitamin D levels in the body affect acne, we do know that vitamin D plays a role in killing bacteria, reducing inflammation, helping to heal wounds, and regulating cell development, all of which could help reduce acne. November 17, 2019
Sun Exposure Does the Sun Help or Hurt Acne? Getting some sun helps the body produce vitamin D, which might help reduce acne. Also, light therapy treatments work to some degree for acne, which leads us to believe that the sun might also offer some benefits. However, direct research is limited and conflicting, and we simply do not yet know. November 17, 2019
Sun Exposure Does the Sun Burn/Tan Your Lips, and Do You Need to Protect Them? The lips contain very little, if any, melanin, and so they do not tan. However, they do burn. In fact, the skin of the lips... November 17, 2019
Acne Scars Does Sun Exposure Make Acne Scars Worse? Only two studies have looked at UV light and how it affects scarring, and neither study looked at acne scars. The one study that was performed on humans showed UV radiation increased the size of scars, so to be safe, keep acne-prone skin out of the sun. November 17, 2019
Stress Does Stress Affect Acne? Despite a lack of rigorous studies for us to draw from, since stress - particularly chronic stress - may lead to increased skin oil production and inflammation in the skin, it makes scientific sense that it will lead to more acne symptoms. November 17, 2019
Smoking/Alcohol/Drugs Does Smoking Cigarettes Cause Acne? Four studies show that smoking increases acne, and three studies show it decreases acne. However, we know that smoking increases inflammation in the body, and acne is an inflammatory disease. It is safer not to smoke if you are acne-prone. November 17, 2019
Pregnancy Does Pregnancy Cause Acne? The hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy normally lead to clearer skin. However, especially during the third trimester, an acne flare may occur. If you... November 17, 2019
Body Acne Does Physically Irritating the Skin Cause Body Acne? Physically irritating the body is well known to cause more acne, or even start a bout of acne on normally healthy skin. Sweating can make the problem worse. Try to avoid obvious sources of irritation when you can, but don't stress about it too much. November 17, 2019