What is teenage acne and why do I have so much acne?
We know that acne is a skin problem that affects almost all teenagers, right? So, what exactly is acne or pimples? Well simply put, acne is a condition of the skin where different types of bumps show up on the skin surface. In most cases, so much acne occurs on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders.
Pimples result from the action of hormones on the skin’s oil glands (sebaceous glands) which makes an oily substance called sebum. Sebum is oil that lubricates your hair and skin. It is emptied onto the skin surface through the hair follicle opening (or also called pore). As a teen’s body begins to mature and develop, hormones stimulate the sebaceous glands to make more sebum, and the glands may become overactive. The mixture of too much oil and dead cells clogs pores and hence attracts bacteria that normally live on the skin to grow in the follicle openings. This causes swelling and redness to develop. When this happens, pimples develop.
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Some of the causes of have so much acne are listed as follow in no particular order:
Why do I have so much acne?
Excess oil on the skin can be a cause of so much acne, according to Nemours. Over production of oil by the Sebaceous glands can block the pores, which can lead to pimple formation. Bacteria may get trapped in the area, which will worsen the irritation.
Girls often get acne during adolescence because of their rising hormone levels, the AAD explains. Girls may notice their pimples tend to breakout due to their menstrual cycle because of monthly hormonal fluctuations. Teen girls experience severe acne breakouts before and after menstrual cycles. Before menstrual cycles hormonal imbalance is at its peak. Hormone level changes cause your body to create more oils in your skin. Women with highly irregular menstrual cycle were diagnosed for history of severe teenage acne.
There is no scientific study that can prove or disprove the correlation between food and acne. The American Academy of Dermatology does note, though, that some people may notice that certain foods trigger their acne. It advises avoiding those foods and adds, that eating greasy foods and then putting greasy fingers all over your face will grind that grease into pores, further promoting acne.
Another cause of so much acne is vigorous scrubbing. Vigorous scrubbing can irritate the skin and cause acne problems. Many teenage girls have elaborate skin care rituals that can actually worsen acne.
Make-Up that has an oil base may block hair follicles and make it easier for them to get clogged. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends non-comedogenic cosmetics because they are formulated to help avoid setting up the proper conditions for acne.
Reaction to certain Drugs could also cause so much acne breakouts.
Stress has also known to cause so much acne breakouts in some people but not all.
It is not clear why some teenage girls are more prone to acne than others. The exact cause of acne is still not known. There are however, numerous options for treating girl’s acne depending upon the cause and severity. You should consult a certified medical professional before using any acne product on yourself. This article is just a guide and is not a substitute for medical advice.