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Risk Factors That Could Be Causing Your Acne

June 12, 2011

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          Don’t you hate it when you wake up in the morning and look in the mirror to find a red pimple has appeared over night? It's annoying because by popping the pimple you can spread bacteria creating more pimples or reddened inflamed skin, but by leaving it along you have a noticeable embarrassment on your face.  Acne is one of the most common skin problems that affect people of all ages, races and gender. Acne is not partial to any one person and can appear without notice.

            Acne can be caused by three factors. In conjunction these factors can lead to mild to severe acne on the face, chest, back and arms. The first cause of acne is the overproduction of oil known as sebum, which is secreted from the sebaceous glands in the skin. A second cause is irregular shedding of dead skin cells. A build up of these cells can irritate the hair follicles and block the sebaceous glands in the skin. The last cause is a build up of bacteria that can come from coming in to contact with the face or the bodies expulsion of bacteria through the skin. Bacteria can be transferred to the skin from touching the face, the hair or from airborne debris. By cleaning the skin regularly you can avoid all the cause of acne. However, even with the best skin care routine acne can still occur if you have some risk factors.

            Acne risk factors add to the causes of acne making it more likely that acne will occur. Women are more likely to have acne because they have risk factors that are more commonly seen throughout like. For example hormone changes with in the body can increase the production of sebum and cellular lifecycle. Hormonal changes occur during the teenage years in both boys and girls, for females between 2-7 days before their period, in pregnant women, and in people who are taking certain medications such as birth control or cortisone.

Another risk factor includes direct exposure of greasy or oily substances on the skin. Such substances include cosmetics, make up or greasy hair products that transfer from the hair to face. Touching the face with your hands can also transfer oil, dirt or bacteria to the skin that can cause acne. Additionally friction and pressure applied to the skin can expose you to the risk of acne. This can be done with various items such as telephones, cellular phones, helmets, tight collars, glasses or backpacks. The final risk factor is based on genetics. If you have a family history of acne then it is more likely that you at some point in your life will have acne.

            Both the causes and risk factors for acne contribute to the occurrence of acne. You don’t need t have them all for acne to occur and the occurrence of one may not produce acne. However the more of the risk factors and causes you have it increases the likelihood of acne occurring.