During the early teen years, boys and girls are at greater risk for acne breakouts, when the oil glands in the body start over-producing sebum (skin oil that can resemble grease). Adding to the problem, your body sheds dead skin cells constantly – and some people have “sticky” skin cells that don’t shed normally – they just remain attached to the skin. For those people who suffer from acne, these excess skin cells plug up the hair follicles as they mix with the oil.
The Common Myths
There are a few myths that are floating around out there regarding what really causes acne. What we can do is straighten them out right now.
Dirt does not cause acne A blackhead is not the cause even though it may look like dirt plugging one of your pores. The sebum and skin cells mix together and sometimes rise to the opening of the pore. But still deep inside the pore is the real cause. Enjoy your chocolate and French fries. The production of sebum in the skin is not increased if you indulge in these favorites. Some of you may have been told that sexual activity or masturbation can cause acne. This is false.
Which Gender Gets More Acne?
Both girls and boys can get acne but the truth is, since their bodies produce more skin oils, it’s more likely to be worse in boys.
Your immune system can also come into play as well and because of this, you will be extra sensitive to the bacteria that gets trapped in the hair follicles.
Things That can Worsen Acne
If you use makeup, suntan products or hair products that contain oil – they can add to the pore-plugging problem. Being under stress – like applying to schools, or struggling with grades, or even dating pressures – can help bring out acne. Hormone levels during a girl’s period may create more sebum in the skin and this can worsen the breakouts. And, beware of the sun – not only can it damage your skin and cause premature aging – it can also cause pimples.
An important part of the treatment is keeping your skin clean but you also have to gentle which means no picking, no squeezing, and no hard scrubbing. You can survive acne.