Causes and Diagnoses
Causes and Diagnoses of Acne
Acne occurs when pores get clogged and bacteria grow inside the pore, causing inflammation. There may be a number of reasons why some people get acne and others don’t. They include:
- Medications, including corticosteroids
- Oil and grease from the scalp and makeup
- Irritation from squeezing pimples
- Friction from clothing, helmets or backpacks
- Irritation from humidity or exposure to the sun
- Hormone level changes:
- At puberty
- During the menstrual cycle
- During pregnancy
- From birth control pills
- From stress
When you’re stressed out, your body produces more androgens, the hormone that stimulates oil glands and hair follicles in the skin. There is also a genetic component to acne. If someone else in your immediate family has acne, you are more likely to get it as well.
Your physician can diagnose acne during a physical exam.