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One of the most common skin conditions globally, acne is still not well understood by scientists. Despite this, it is known that acne affects more than 85 percent of teenagers to some degree or another. However, these numbers are different for every person involved with acne. Some people seem to eat whatever they want without breaking out, while others can’t even look at the chocolate cake without getting a pimple on their face.
Today we’re going to take a closer look at why some people suffer from severe cystic acne while others hardly break out at all and what you can do about it.
It’s just your genetics:
While there seems to be evidence that diet plays a factor in acne breakouts, genetics is the most significant driving factor. Some people are just more susceptible to acne due to their genetics. If either of your parents had terrible acne, you are more likely to suffer from it yourself.
If one parent has acne, then any child stands a one in two chance of having it. If both parents had acne, the risk jumps up to 75 percent. This risk for developing acne is associated with the parents’ positive genetic markers called polymorphisms.
The Role of Hormones:
Hormonal activity can also play an important role in acne development. Acne usually develops in puberty when the body is undergoing significant hormonal changes. Hormonal levels stabilize after puberty. However, there are times when hormonal fluctuations can cause breakouts to occur even after this stability has already happened. These include menstruation in women and testosterone increases seen in males during their teenage years or reaching full adulthood (androgens included).
These fluctuations often trigger excess sebum production, which causes blocked pores filled with sticky sebum. Bacteria love these clogged pores and will increase there, which results in inflammation and pimples breaking out on the skin’s surface. Hormonal changes seem to play an essential role in determining whether someone’s skin becomes oily or not. Much oil is secreted onto If you have parents, or even just one parent, with severe acne, you will likely struggle with the same problem.
It’s all about the oil:
The type of oil produced by your skin can also play a significant role in determining whether or not you will break out. Oily skin provides more nutrients for P. acnes bacteria, so it makes sense that those with oily skin would suffer from more breakouts than those with dry skin. However, this isn’t always the case since some people seem to have no problem producing less-than-average amounts of oil.
- acnes bacteria cannot survive in an environment without oil as it is used as food for them. Those who produce the least amount of oil will often find that they rarely break out, and when they do, it’s only a few pimples here and there. If you have dry skin, your chances of getting acne are reduced since P. acne bacteria need this extra layer of oil to cling onto and multiply.
Our diet is packed full of hormones:
We mostly worry about two types of hormones when it comes to acne: Androgens and insulin.
Androgen hormones are responsible for making the sebaceous glands in our skin produce more oil than they should and, by doing so, clog pores which cause acne. These hormones also help create thicker, stricter skin cells that don’t shed as quickly, leading to blocked pores. While we control how much oil our staff glands produce, it is not as great as you might think because this hormone is primarily influenced by genetics, i.e., your parents’ genes.
Insulin also plays a significant role because elevated insulin levels from food consumption cause those pesky sebaceous glands to produce more oil and go into hyperdrive, which can trigger an acne breakout or worsen an existing one. Many people eat foods that cause a spike in insulin levels. These spikes can come from sugary foods or grains, as well as dairy products and soda drinks. The best way to avoid these types of acne-triggering foods is to follow a Paleo diet. It naturally reduces the number of sugars and other inflammatory triggers you consume without you even noticing. There are no miracle diets or quick-fix remedies when it comes to acne, just the right combination of factors that work together to clear your skin.
You are very stressed:
Stress is also one of the leading causes of acne and causes the body to produce cortisol, a stress hormone that triggers oil production and makes our skin cells stick together. It can lead to blocked pores and pimples if we fail to find ways of coping effectively with the stress, we face every day.
Your sleep is not proper.
Getting enough sleep is crucial for healthy, clear skin as it helps the body recover from all the demands we place on it each day, such as work, family life, and socializing (which can all be demanding). Stress hormone levels are known to peak at night when we are supposed to be asleep, which is why getting enough sleep will help balance this out and prevent inflammation caused by stress hormones.
You are a smoker:
Smoking is just as bad for the skin as it is for your lungs, and here we can see why. Smoking causes dehydration, decreases blood flow to the surface of your skin, and prevents oxygen from reaching it, which slows down cellular activities and damages collagen and elastin fibers that help give skin strength and keep it looking young. Smokers often find their skin becomes duller in appearance with age since the circulation to their skin has been affected by smoking. The best way to avoid these effects is to quit smoking right away or cut down significantly. There are also many other harmful chemicals found in cigarettes, such as cadmium, arsenic, lead, etc., that might be playing a role in worsening acne symptoms for some people who smoke cigarettes.
You are on some medications/ drugs:
Certain medications can cause acne to get worse. If you are taking medication of any kind, then it is possible that this could be triggering or worsening your acne. Speak to your doctor about the problem, and they will be able to help you find an alternative if there is one available. Illegal drugs such as cocaine, weed, ecstasy, etc., have also been known to trigger acne breakouts in users, so it might be best to cut these out if necessary.
You do not have a healthy lifestyle:
If you are not getting enough exercise or sleep, constantly stressed out, smoking cigarettes, or drinking alcohol regularly, this will affect your skin health and might be causing acne breakouts. Try to cut back on these habits as soon as you can if they’re affecting your skin because it will help you feel better about yourself too.
You are on Hormonal birth control:
The Pill (oral contraceptives) contributes to acne in some women who take it even though this was previously thought unlikely. If you are taking the Pill, there is still no need for concern, but if you want to switch contraception methods, it would be wise to speak with your doctor about other options that don’t cause acne.
Your makeup is not oil-free:
Makeup is not as bad for acne as we once thought, but just like anything else, it can affect your skin if you’re using the wrong products and don’t clean them off properly. Oil-based makeups will worsen acne by blocking pores and trapping bacteria, sweat, and sebum inside, which turns into a sour mix that’s difficult to remove. Make sure to buy oil-free makeup products, double cleanse at the end of each day, so you can find all traces of makeup such as waterproof mascara or eyeliner, and try sleeping without makeup on whenever possible to allow your skin some breathing space.
You are on antibiotics:
Antibiotics work by killing germs in your body, which means they have no respect for good bacteria (the kind that helps your skin stay healthy). They will also destroy any good bacteria on the surface of your skin, which means this protective barrier is broken down, and acne can get worse. If possible, take a zinc supplement or eat zinc-rich foods while taking antibiotics to help prevent the problem since zinc deficiency has been linked to antibiotic resistance.
These are some causes because of which you may have more acne than others. Here are some tips to follow to prevent acne:
- Eat a healthy diet: Include fruits, vegetables, good fats (avocado, olive oil), lean proteins. Try not to overeat dairy since it has been linked to breakouts for some people.
- Exercise regularly: Get your heart rate up for 30 minutes at least four times a week by doing activities that require movement, such as running, basketball, dancing, etc. If you are very unfit or have physical limitations, then try yoga or tai chi which have significant health benefits and are gentle on the body.
- Cleanse skin twice daily-Make sure to clean your face with a product labeled “non-comedogenic” or “oil-free” with pH-balanced ingredients designed forms-prone skin. These are just guidelines, not hard-and-fast rules. Everyone’s skin is different, so you will have to figure out what works for your skin by trial and error.
- Exfoliate once or twice a week –Exfoliating helps remove dead cells from the skin’s surface, which prevents pores from clogging up. It also allows topical products to penetrate more efficiently into hair follicles that are not blocked up with excess oil and dirt, making it work even better for clearing acne.
- Don’t touch your face! –Although it may be difficult at times, one should try their best not to touch their face without washing hands first since this can transfer bacteria onto your face, which can worsen acne breakouts, especially when applying makeup after touching the face.
- Don’t pick your face! –One of the worst things you can do for acne is touch or pick at blackheads and whiteheads. It’s essential to resist the urge because when you squeeze or pick, you force bacteria further into your pores which can cause blemishes to get bigger and spread. Your hands carry many germs, so make sure to always wash your hands before touching your face.
- Stay hydrated – Make sure that you are drinking enough water per day is vital for healthy skin. It will help flush out all toxins in the body, including any harmful chemicals from topical products on your skin, so try not to miss out on this crucial step.
- Don’t over-dry your skin – If you are using acne products that dry out the skin, always make sure to use a moisturizer to avoid flaky or tight feeling on your face, which can cause more breakouts.
- Wear sunscreen every day –Sunscreen is essential in protecting against sun damage and preventing anything like hyperpigmentation (dark spots) or older sunspots from appearing.
It’s hard to say why certain people suffer from severe acne while others don’t, but some common factors play into it. People who go through hormonal changes like puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, menopause, etc., tend to have outbreaks due to an increase in hormones, especially androgens, which stimulate the sebaceous glands.
Sometimes, your skin can be overly sensitive or irritable to certain ingredients in the products you are using on it, which can cause more acne breakouts. Some medical conditions may worsen acne, like Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), Cushing’s syndrome, Graves’ disease, etc. If you have tried everything else but still haven’t seen any significant improvement, we suggest consulting a homeopathy doctor for acne.
Benefits of Homeopathic acne treatment:
- It does not cause any side effects.
- Treats the root of the problem and reverses the condition.
- Assists in boosting resistance to disease and infections.
- Assists in relieving stress and anxiety, which is a significant factor for acne breakouts.
- It assists in increasing the immunity and general health of an individual.
- -Regulates the menstrual cycle and reduces acne outbreaks during menstruation.
- -Gives long-term relief from pain, dark spots, scars left behind by acne.
- -Removes all types of toxins, including chemicals or pollutants that may be triggering breakouts.
- -Helps to clear up early stages of rashes, redness, swelling caused by inflammation due to acne.
- -Gets rid of blackheads, whiteheads and prevents new ones from appearing.
- Cures existing inflammatory conditions like nodules (painful lump under the skin), pustules (pimples), papules (red bumpy patches on the skin).
You can also read about homeopathy for Acne on our website, and please consult a qualified homeopathy doctor for acne for long-term relief. You can book an appointment through OHO Homeopathy!