Acne: Top 5 Aggravating Factors You Must Know About

by Dan Beckins - Date: 2007-02-26 - Word Count: 567 Share This!

Many people feel acne is impossible to get rid off. With the internet being choke-full of misleading information from so called experts entertaining various "acne causes" meant to sell their own products, it comes as no surprise people are being put off and confused. They all wonder if the acne comes from their parents, from eating sweets, from using too much makeup, from squeezing the spots and a host of other more or less preposterous ideas. We are now going to cover the real top 5 factors that would aggravate any acne and put this debate to rest once and for all.

To begin with we need a clear understanding of what acne is and how does it come about. You start producing a hormone named testosterone around the time you start sprouting body hair. Testosterone tells certain glands in your skin, to produce an oily secretion called sebum. Some people's glands seem to go wild when told to get going by testosterone. If you have acne, it does mean you have abnormal levels of testosterone. It's just that your skin reacts abnormally to this hormone. This will eventually correct itself and is not going to go on all your life. No one can tell you when, although most teenagers will grow out of their acne troubles by their late teens.

The first factor we are going to look into is the stress factor. While stress in itself does not cause acne, being stressed causes the production of hormones, such as cortisol, which can aggravate acne. Many people noticed how their spots flared due to stress. Feeling anxious about your job interview or that date coming up, may be responsible for this flare up, so make an effort to relax, both physically and mentally.

There is indeed truth behind the genetic factors causing acne yet that is still just a mitigating factor and not a cause in itself. There are cases where the parents suffered from severe cases of acne and that may influence the acne development for the children yet it does not mean if your parents had acne you will also get it. It is an aggravating factor nevertheless.

The medications factor is often overlooked or misunderstood by many people. Steroids (like those used by body builders and other athletes), antidepressants, certain contraceptive agents and other products containing testosterone have a grave influence on the acne development.

Refrain from heavy use of cosmetic products or at the very least carefully look into the products you are buying. Using greasy skin care products, oily cosmetics and certain moisturizers, foundation and pomades may aggravate acne. Watch out for lanolin, petrolatum, vegetable oils, butyl stearate, lauryl alcohol and oleic acid.

Don't underestimate the environmental factors when you look into possible remedies for your acne. High humidity may cause the swelling of the skin further aggravating your condition while pressure from headbands and chin straps will not help your spots either. Your diet has an influence too especially foods you may be allergic or slightly allergic to.

As you can see, many of the so-called "acne causes" are merely aggravating factors. Stress, genetics, medications, cosmetics or your environment will not cause you acne but will seriously impede your chances of getting rid of this pest. Once you start getting your facts right you will boost your confidence and know exactly what you have to do to get you fresh and cleaned in no time at all.

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Dan Beckins is well known for his unbiased reviews of simple acne remedies and his knack of separating the myth from the truth giving his readers only the most useful information. Check out his latest reviewed acne remedy Acne Free in 3 days and visit his website Acne: Best Simple Remedies for more acne info.

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