September 13, 2017

There are various causes of acne from genetic/hereditary to bacteria. When addressing acne prone skin there are certain triggers that may aggravate acne like hormonal changes, stress, climate, medication. The following are the common acne triggers:


Some ingredients in products can aggravate acne. Fatty ingredients such as waxes and oils can clog or irritate follicles. Products rich in emollient are too heavy for acne prone skin types. Many make up products are comedogenic especially foundations and powders that are made with solid and fatty ingredients.  Other products used in hair can also trigger or irritate acne. The key is to be aware of ingredients that are in the products.


High level of male hormone testosterone cause increase in oil production, which leads to oily skin and possible acne. Adult acne is more common in females for various reasons. Hormonal fluctuations from birth control pills, premenstrual changes, pregnancy, and menopause can all lead to acne inflammation in women. Hormones also change with the seasons and skin is also affected by climate in other ways. Hormonal problems are becoming more evident in the effects they have on the skin. It’s advisable to seek advice from a dermatologist or a certified skincare expert for proper diagnosis and treatment.


Stress causes hormonal fluctuations and increased oil production. The adrenal glands respond to stress and secretes adrenalin, which helps us cope with stressful events. Male hormones are produced by adrenal gland and stimulate the oil glands.  Huge events like weddings have the ability to increase stress level and unfortunately a huge blemish appears smack dab in the middle of your forehead. 


Foods blamed for triggering acne may not affect it directly although out testing habits do affect our bodily functions. For example, packaged and processed foods (especially fast foods) excessive iodides, cheese, etc. can irritate pores. Eating a well balances and fresh diet, increasing water intake can help reduce the number of breakouts.


There are other irritations that trigger acne that is linked to lifestyle, environment and hygiene. Once again it better to seek professional advice to help guide you in the right direction. Please if you have a question, leave a comment below and don't forget to subscribe to our news letter.



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