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Causes of Acne

What are some of the causes of acne?
  • Hormonal changes (especially with male hormones) trigger greater sebum production and the sebaceous glands become enlarged.

  • Heredity is involved in acne's development.

  • Other contributors to the onset of acne are allergies, emotional stress, use of make-up, monthly menstrual cycles, and repeated skin rubbing.

  • The use of drugs like steroids, lithium, oral contraceptives and some anti-epileptic drugs can cause acne.

  • Dirt, dust and oils can plug the pores, allowing bacterial microbes to cause infection.

  • Not washing your face enough or before you go to bed.

  • Diet and nutrition play an important role. Poor digestion and elimination and fats that are bad for you can also cause acne.

  • Poor organ function could also be part of the problem, such as the liver or kidneys which help remove toxins from the body.

  • Factors in the environment such as high pollution and humidity can also affect your skin.

References and Sources: Medline, Pubmed, National Institutes of Health.

last update: December 2008

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