We all get pimples from time to time.  Acne however, is different than the occasional breakout.  It is actually classified as an inflammatory condition of the skin, and it is chronic.  This condition can affect any part of the body, but the face, back, shoulder, upper arms, and chest are the most common.

A few obvious causes of acne include stress, puberty, smoking, excess oil production, bacteria, and some foods.  Here is a look at a few other causes you might not be aware of….

  • Genetics – If your immediate relatives have or had acne, there is a good chance that you will have it too. Science has found that acne is more linked to genetics than environmental conditions.
  • High levels of vitamin B12 – Even though vitamin B12 is essential for the health of your skin, too much could be a bad thing. High levels of B12 can cause an overproduction of oil leading directly to the development of acne.
  • Oily Cosmetics – Foundations, cover-up, moisturizer, and powder that contain a high level of oil can clog your pores, increasing your risk of developing blemishes.
  • Birth Control Pills – Some birth control pills contain androgen based progestin, a synthetic form of progesterone, which can make your skin more vulnerable to chronic breakouts.
  • Going off of Birth Control Pills – Yes, I know I just said that some birth control pills cause acne, however, there are many types that can actually help to prevent it.  Some of the synthetic hormones used in some birth control pills can suppress the oils in the skin.
  • Washing your skin too often – Washing your skin is vital to keeping your skin healthy and as well as preventing acne. There is such a thing as washing your face too much.  If you are washing your skin too often, it will actually respond by increasing the production of oil, and bacteria.
  • Touching your pimples – It may be tempting to touch, pop, or pick at your blemishes on your face, touching your pimples could make the condition of your skin even worse.  When touching your skin, you are putting the oils, dirt, debris, and bacteria on your hands onto your face.
  • Hair products – If you are experiencing acne around your hairline, your acne could be related to the hair care products you are using.  Products like gel, mousse, pomades, hair spray, and conditioners contain oils.  The oil in these hair care products is absorbed in the skin. 
  • Toothpaste – If you notice that the skin around your mouth is more prone to pimples and that they are constant, it could very well be that your toothpaste is to blame. This is especially true if you are using a toothpaste that contains fluoride.
  • Cell phone – Odd as it may seem, your cell phone could be playing a role in the development of acne.  Your phone is covered in oils, debris, dirt, and bacteria; all things can increase the risk of acne.

These and many other factors can be causing your break outs. If you need to see a specialist, or just need a skin refresh, call Precision Wellness to book a consultation and facial today!