What Causes Acne?

Happy Monday!

This is a repost from Sharan’s All About Your Skin Blog

I am featuring this post today because the season has changed and our skin tends to act up on us like a two-year old toddler.

Here’s the full post:

Those red inflamed, sometimes painful pimples on the surface of the skin can be a nightmare. To get a better understanding of why they occur in the first place, I have noted down 6 possible reasons.


1. Hormones
Hormones produce acne by a) increasing the production of sebum b) clogging pores with dead skin cells and c) producing bacteria. This often occurs when hormones are unstable during the time of puberty, the menstrual cycle and pregnancy.


2. Heredity
Genes play a major role in determining how the body functions. If your parents dealt with acne it is possible that you will too.


3. Face Oils
Not all oils are suitable for the skin. If an oil is low in linoleic acid and high in oleic acid it is likely to clog pores and cause breakouts. The best oils to use are grapeseed, sunflower and rosehip.


4. Stress
High stress levels disrupt hormones which causes pimples.


5. Germs From Your Hands
Touching your face after using your phone, opening door handles and handling cash transfers germs on to the face which causes acne.


6. Dairy
Dairy can effect hormones, increase inflammation and encourage the production of oil glands to clog pores and cause acne.


About the author:

Sharan is a business management graduate with a major in human resources. She created the blog after dealing with acne for 3 years. During that time she tried and tested an array of products, creams & even treatments.  In 2017 Sharan’s journey of acne has come to an almost complete end (she still breakout here and there) so she thought of using a blog platform to share her experiences, research & knowledge that she gained over these years.

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8 Comments

      1. ayrgalaxy

        Omg I wrote harmonies lol. Hormones** get it right auto correct lol. But yeah, that’s one of my least favorite things about being a woman lol

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