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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Do Sugary Foods and Drinks Cause Acne?
Sugary foods like candy and soda are known as "high glycemic load" foods because they cause a spike in blood sugar and a corresponding rise...
January 04, 2021
Which Season Is Worst for Acne?
There is slightly more evidence showing acne worsens in the winter and clears in the summer. This may be because the skin dries out in the winter, and this imbalance leads to more acne, and/or it may be because sun exposure during summer reduces inflammation and kills acne bacteria.
December 30, 2020
Diet and Acne
Can your food intake cause acne? All of the latest science on diet and acne is explored on this page, including information on milk/dairy, glycemic load, omega-3s, zinc, caloric intake, fatty/oily foods, iodine, chocolate, antioxidants, and the gut.
December 28, 2020
Are Self-tanners Safe for Acne-prone Skin?
Because we have no studies that look at the ingredients in self-tanners when it comes to acne, it's risky to use them. If you really want to still use them, check the ingredients and apply gently.
December 24, 2020
Alternative Treatment Options for Acne During Pregnancy
Light and laser therapy are potentially safer treatments for acne in pregnant women. However, both can reduce folic acid levels. Always consult your physician before...
December 24, 2020
Does Wearing a Baseball Hat Cause Acne?
It's a double-edged sword. Wearing a hat can physically irritate the skin, and physical irritation can lead to more acne. On the other hand, baseball hats protect the skin from the sun, and sunburns can lead to acne in the weeks following overexposure to the sun.
December 23, 2020
Women, Stress, and Acne
Females experience 50% more stress disorders than males, most likely due to fluctuating monthly hormones, but also due to some socioeconomic factors. Chronic stress may cause more inflammation in the skin, leading to more acne.
December 14, 2020
Why Do People Get Acne Mostly on the Face and Upper Body?
The pores of the face and upper body produce more skin oil than the rest of the body, which is the primary reason why these...
December 09, 2020
Why Do Some People Have Oilier Skin than Others?
Higher levels of androgens (male hormones found in both males and females) and growth hormone are most at fault when it comes to oily skin, while estrogens (female hormones found in both males and females) may lead to less oily skin.
December 08, 2020