The Top 6 Causes of Acne and Pimples

There are many factors that contribute to the cause of acne and the resulting breakouts of pimples. Here are the main 6 culprits that are currently known to cause or contribute to having pimples or acne:

1. Diet

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Does your diet look like the picture on the left or the one on the right? If you want to get rid of pimples it needs to look like the one on the left – most of the time.

Foods That Can Trigger Pimples

There are several foods that can trigger an outbreak of pimples. Dairy products, and especially skim milk seems to be a substantial contributing factor. Many people find that chocolate, soft drinks (especially the dark ones) and greasy fried foods can also cause pimple outbreaks.

Although there is no evidence supporting any of these beliefs, many people do notice an outbreak after consuming these foods or drinks, and an obvious reduction in pimples when they remove these foods completely from their diet. That says a lot.


2. Medications

Acne can also be brought on by, or aggravated by certain medications including – lithium, barbiturates, anabolic steroids and androgens.

In these situations it’s difficult to prevent a bit like trying not to put on weight when taking some medications, so you need to add up the pro’s and con’s.

Dietary changes, drinking plenty of water and a good skin care routine may help.


3. Narrowing of The Hair Follicle

Narrowing hair follicles can prevent dead skin cells from being expelled from the pores. These trapped skin cells then mix with sebum and bacteria on the skin to form acne lesions. The more the skin follicle reduces in size, the greater the problem.

Several factors can cause the narrowing of hair follicles, this includes excessive shedding of cells within the follicle itself, abnormal cell binding and water retention.


4. Squeezing & Touching Pimples

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It’s common practice to squeeze a pimple to remove the blocking sebum as well as the bacteria. But this can actually make the problem worse by spreading the bacteria to other areas of your skin, and often causes the long term problem of scarring which can be permanent. Your hands will then also carry bacteria which can aid in the spread of the acne to other areas of your face and body.

Longer hair can also exacerbate the acne problem by adding oil to the areas it touches. It’s important to keep your hair clean through regular washing, so it does not contribute to the problem already experienced.


5. Excess Sebum Production

Sebum helps keep the hair and skin soft, but during adolescence the amount of sebum produced by our bodies increases and this excess production can cause acne problems.

This sebum when combined with naturally occurring dead skin cells can block hair follicles which results in a pimple.

This mixture of dead skin cells and sebum also provides the perfect environment for bacteria to flourish, resulting in pimples and acne.


6. Testosterone Levels

The hormone testosterone is produced in both males and females and is the cause behind the production of excess sebum, as mentioned prior.

During puberty an increase in testosterone levels causes the body to have an abnormal reaction which manifests in this excessive production of sebum. The excessive oil is commonly found on the face, back and shoulders.

In most teenagers the testosterone levels normalizes by the time they are 20 or so, and any acne usually clears up along with it.


Here we have quickly covered 6 causes of pimples and acne. There are more causes, and there are causes that doctor’s have still to discover as the causes of acne and pimples are not fully understood by modern medicine. Watch the video below to learn more about what causes acne and pimples.


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