Common Causes of Acne

There are many myths around what actually causes acne. Everything from junk food to the wrong skin care regime is often blamed. Here, we’ve listed some of the most common causes of acne, and address some of the myths associated with it that simply aren’t true.

Stress- Stress is definitely as real cause of acne in adults. The adrenal glands can be disrupted by chronic stress and kick in to overdrive boosting the levels of oil produced in the skin making it the perfect place for acne to develop.

Hormonal Changes- Hormonal changes are definitely another contributing cause of acne in many people. When hormone are unbalanced, for instance, during pregnancy, puberty or menopause for example acne can appear due to an overproduction of oil in the skin by androgens (a hormone present in both men and women.)

Medications- Certain medications can also cause acne.

Myths about causes of acne

Acne is something you should only get as a teenager- Acne is something that is extremely common, and doesn’t only occur in teenagers. In fact, 85% of people suffer from adult acne.

By not cleaning the skin frequently enough- It is often said that acne is caused by lack of cleansing or personal hygiene however this is simply not true. In fact, over-washing and cleaning of the skin can exacerbate acne.

Acne is caused by junk food- Although junk food may not be good for you, there are no definitive links between specific foods and acne.

If you do suffer from adult acne there are some wonderful products on the market that are ideal for acne prone skin. It is simply a matter of finding the right skin care regime for you.

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Here are a few recommendations for some of the best skin care products for acne prone skin:

MD Formulations and Dermalogica are two skin care brands which have some outstanding products ideal for acne prone skin. Here are a few we’d recommend:

* When your skin has an outbreak, a great way to calm the skin is by using Dermalogica’s Medibac Overnight Clearing Gel. It not only helps to calm the skin, but also aids in reducing future breakouts by reducing the amount of excess sebum and removing bacteria from the skin.

* Those with a busy lifestyle will love Dermalogica’s Medibac Skin Purifying Wipes. They are perfect for on the go and cleanse skin in one easy step, removing excess oil and dirt at the same time.

* If you do suffer from acne prone skin you may shy away from sunscreens and moisturisers from fear of causing more oil on the skins surface. However it is important to still protect your skin and keep it hydrated. Dermalogica have a wonderful Oil Free Matte Block SPF20 which is weightless and actually absorbs excess oil from the skin.

* Lastly, the Vit-A-Plus Clearing Complex Masque by MD Formulations is a great clearing masque containing Retinol-pure Vitamin A to take away oil, blemishes and reduce enlarged pores. Great for calming and relaxing the skin.

I hope we’ve cleared up some of the myths about acne, and given you some tips on how to choose the best skin care regime, for acne prone skin.