Breaking Out: Common Causes of Acne Explained

Breaking Out: Common Causes of Acne Explained

It's easy to recognize acne when it appears on your face or other areas of your body, but not as simple to identify the exact cause. There may be outer environmental factors, an inner bodily cause, or a mixture of both. A dermatologist at Trident Dermatology in Charleston, SC, can help you figure out the possible causes of acne, clear up your current outbreak, and give you prevention tips.

How Acne Develops

When acne appears, it may seem that it happens all of a sudden, but several stages lead up to the development of visible pimples on the skin. First, there may be an overproduction of oil (also called sebum) in the skin pores. The pores are then affected by dead skin cells, dirt, or bacteria mixing with the oil. This irritates the skin pore which eventually leads to an acne pimple. When acne develops in multiple areas of the face, it’s because multiple pores have been irritated.

Outer Causes of Acne

Because acne is often caused by dirt and bacteria on the skin, there are several possible environmental reasons for pimples to develop. These may include:

  • Picking at the skin (especially with unwashed hands and fingernails).
  • Using skin or hair products that increase the presence of oil in the skin or cause reactions.
  • Spending too much time in humid environments and climates.
  • Overexposure to the sun’s UV rays.
  • Pollutants or allergens in the air.

Inner Causes of Acne

Acne can also be caused by things happening inside of the body or what you consume. Our Charleston, SC, dermatologist will talk to you about the possible inner causes of acne, which may include:

  • Hormonal changes, such as with pregnancy or menstruation.
  • Taking certain medications.
  • Eating a high-glycemic diet (sugar and carbohydrates).
  • Small pores that clog easily.
  • Overactive sebaceous glands (produce oil).

Get Help Treating Your Acne

Regardless of the exact cause, a dermatologist at Trident Dermatology, PA in Charleston, SC, can help with acne treatments, products, and advice for daily skin care. Call (843) 797-3960 today to schedule a visit.

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