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Top Five Acne Culprits to Confront

Updated on September 21, 2013

Finding zits setting up camp on your nose, your cheeks, or all over your face can be quite frustrating, especially if you’re trying to maneuver your way out of high school with as little awkwardness as possible. It’s even worse when you’re employed in a work setting that requires you to face people on a regular basis. The truth is, it doesn’t really matter if you’re sixteen or twenty-six—acne attacks are uncomfortable and unsightly, and can do massive damage to your confidence.

The good news, though, is acne is extremely common among individuals between twelve and thirty, and is absolutely curable. So, instead of staring at the mirror for hours on end, feeling sorry for yourself, you might want to start getting the ghastly growth of pimples cleared out, through a revitalized skin care regimen, some medication, or both.

Five Major Causes Of Acne

Before you launch your quest to clear complexion, it’s important to get to the root cause of acne and discover what triggers it. Here’s a list of the top five causes of acne, some of which you may not have been aware of before.



Did you know that even the healthiest of food items can potentially prompt the appearance of dreaded blackheads and whiteheads? Dairy products such as cheese and milk have been found to somewhat contribute to acne growth, as well as food items rich in carbohydrates.

Androgen and adolescence

Androgen levels spike when an individual reaches puberty. The sudden rise of this hormone causes oil glands found underneath the skin to swell, producing excess sebum. When sebum and dead skin cells form around and in the skin’s hair follicles, pimples start popping up due to bacterial growth. While this significant hormonal activity is most common in pre-teens and teens, hormonal changes experienced by menstruating and pregnant women also give rise to acne attacks.


Drugs and medication

You might want to do a complete overhaul of your medication cabinet if you suspect that one or some of the prescribed drugs you need to take could be the cause of your crappy complexion. Pimple-causing medicine could either be administered internally (pills or tablets), or topically (ointments). Before abruptly stopping meds, however, it is best to get your doctor’s opinion and ask for solutions to both alleviate acne and whatever condition you need to medicate for.


Many lifestyle factors affect your skin in ways you might not be completely aware of. People who cannot effectively handle or are frequently exposed to stress are likely to feel worried about complexion-related issues; so are individuals who regularly smoke cigarettes, drink excessively, and find themselves talking on their mobile phones most of the time. If you think your lifestyle might be the culprit for your sudden blackhead breakout, you might want to consider making changes to get clear, pimple-free skin.



Some girls find themselves breaking out more often than usual after switching to a new skin foundation or cream. Comodogenic or pore-clogging cosmetics can definitely aggravate an existing albeit mild acne condition. If you have sensitive skin, choose water-based products since they are less likely to irritate your skin.


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