Why Do I Get Acne?

Suffering from acne, especially in more severe cases, can affect you physically and emotionally. If you're experiencing acne, the first question that may come to mind is "Why do I get acne?".

The reason why you get acne can be difficult to pinpoint sometimes, but working with an experienced Skin Professional is key to start slowly ticking off all the potential acne triggers you may be experiencing.

How does acne form?

Acne forms when hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells, leading to the growth of bacteria and inflammation. The oil produced by the skin, known as sebum, is intended to lubricate and protect the skin. However, when too much sebum is produced, it can mix with dead skin cells and form a plug that blocks the hair follicle. This plug creates an ideal environment for bacteria to grow, leading to redness, swelling, and the formation of pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads.

While acne is a common condition, it can have a significant impact on a person's self-esteem and quality of life.

Why do I get acne?

  1. Excess oil production
    Hormones called androgens can cause the sebaceous glands in the skin to produce more oil than necessary. This excess oil can clog hair follicles and lead to acne.

  2. Bacteria
    The bacterium called Propionibacterium acnes is found in the hair follicles and can cause inflammation, leading to the development of pimples.

  3. Dead skin cells
    When the skin sheds dead skin cells, they can combine with the excess oil and clog the hair follicles, leading to acne.

  4. Hormonal changes
    Hormonal changes during puberty, menstrual cycles, pregnancy, and other periods of hormonal fluctuation can trigger acne.

  5. Genetics
    Some people may be more predisposed to acne due to their genetics.

  6. Medications
    Certain medications can contribute to the development of acne.

  7. Inner health
    One of the most potent triggers for acne comes from internal factors such gut health. The consumption of sugar, dairy, processed foods and not getting enough sleep play a huge role in our skin. Our gut health is the main communicator of our skin and brain. If our gut is not balanced then it has a knock on effect our skin, where we will see skin conditions like acne.

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two-in-one brightening spot treatment that reduces the appearance of active breakouts and post-breakout marks. Perfect for adults who are concerned about post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation from breakouts.

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Intraceuticals Clarity Wand is a concentrated formula to specifically target spots. A powerful blend of antioxidants and botanicals.

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Cream for local use indicated for specific treatment of incipient or stubborn acne outbreaks.

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Visibly reduce breakouts in just 24 hours
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Here at Skinmart we offer professional and thorough skin consultations. We work with you to guide you and help you fix your skin concerns. Book a Complimentary Skin Consultation here.

About The Author:

I am Sari, a qualified Skin Therapist here at Skinmart. I have been in the skincare industry for over 15 years. I have a holistic approach to skin and my passion lies in ‘Health’. My philosophy is if we are healthy on the inside, then it shows our vitality on the outside.
I have furthered my knowledge with courses in Skin Anatomy, Advanced Skin Concerns, Advanced Skin Needling and Fitness.
My emphasis is on guiding my clients through their journey of skin concerns and conditions. I like to educate my clients and find the potential triggers for their skin concerns or condition so that together we can eliminate the root of the cause. I aim to give personalised consultations with treatment and correct prescribed skin products.

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