Statistics point out that acne affects 85% of young people in Europe. In Brazil, more than half of the population lives with this problem to a greater or lesser extent. The fight against this disorder is daily and requires patience and continuity of actions. It is hard to believe, but many people with shiny, smooth skin have come a long way to overcome blackheads and pimples. In this text, we will tell you what are the most common causes of acne and give you some tips that will help you to have a smooth and beautiful skin.
If you have tried everything in this world, but acne does not go away, you will need to thoroughly investigate the causes of its onset.
He has identified 7 reasons for the appearance of inflammation and redness in the skin.
1. You are not looking for the real cause of your skin problem
Researchers at the University of San Diego, California, studied the microorganisms that cause acne to appear. The bacteria are called Propionibacterium acnes . They live in the pores of the skin of each person and, when they are regulated, they do not influence in any way in our organism. But, when changing the conditions of the habitat, they generate fatty acids that alter the horny layer of the skin, causing inflammation.
In addition to these bacteria, there are different types of staphylococci that can be harmful, in addition to demodicosis .
It is important not to try to eliminate the problem yourself. Removing a pimple can cause new outbreaks. The best decision will be to treat certain spots of acne using antibacterial medication.
2. You are not checking your hormonal balance
At the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology, Dr. Bethanee Jean Schlosser, professor of dermatological medicine, named the reasons for the appearance of acne under hormonal conditions . Are they:
- excess skin oiliness, or production of sebaceous glands;
- the detached skin cells become abnormally sticky and accumulate or obstruct the hair follicle.
The hormones whose disruption often cause acne are testosterone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and also type 1 insulin growth factor.
Normalizing the hormonal balance, under close observation by a doctor, can help prevent acne problems caused by hormonal causes.
3. You are not eating properly
Proper nutrition is not only a guarantee of better health, but also of clean skin. Fast food, alcohol and sugar negatively affect the functioning of the digestive system and the body in general. To verify the relationship between acne and food, Italian scientists carried out a study in which more than 250 women participated. The result was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology . The article mentions that “Women who eat vegetables, fresh fruits or fish at least 4 times a week suffer twice as much from acne.”
Try to avoid products that look healthy but are actually not. A good example is supermarket juices: they contain a lot of sugar and preservatives, while the concentration of useful substances has been kept to a minimum.
4. You are not paying much attention to the cosmetics you use
Some people think that cosmetics can cause pimples to appear. Celestyna Brozek, creator of the MOSS brand, wrote about this subject on her blog . She tells us that the ingredients found in our cosmetics have a different comedogenic level (ability to block pores). To avoid the negative effects on your skin, study the composition of the cosmetic products you buy very well.
One of the “hidden enemies” is coconut oil. It is true that it works wonders in maintaining the health and beauty of hair and also heals wounds, but it is not suitable for people with oily skin. Experts at the Healthy Skin Clinic in San Francisco assessed the comedogenic level of popular components in the composition of cosmetics and published their findings . And the results are not good: coconut oil received 5 out of 5 at the comedogenic level.
5. You are not choosing natural fabrics
As already mentioned, most causes are hidden in our body, but hygiene is no less important. Acne-causing bacteria can stay on sheets, scarves, scarves, clothes, etc. Therefore, it is recommended to wash clothes daily and sheets and towels frequently. Pay attention to the fabrics your everyday clothes are made of. Give preference to natural materials, which allow your skin to breathe.
6. You are not holding your hair
Another hidden enemy may be long hair, as it is in constant contact with the skin of the face, neck and back. David E. Bank , director of the New York City Center for Dermatology, Aesthetic and Laser Surgery, advises clients with skin problems to tie their hair in high hairstyles . Those who use large amounts of hair products (especially gels and dense sprays) are also at risk. The substances transfer to the skin and fill the pores, causing pimples and rashes.
7. You are stressing out a lot
Studies by the dermatology department at Stanford University School of Medicine have shown that the skin condition of patients with acne can get worse during important events, such as evidence. That is, the stress caused by external sources can significantly influence the appearance of acne.
For emotional discharge, play sports regularly, watch your sleeping and eating hours.
Those who have skin problems, must have often heard this phrase: “you just have to wash your face more often, this will solve it”. Counselors who imply that the cause is dirt do not know all the facts. In this post, we try to tell you that acne is a difficult disease, the causes of which are hidden within our body. But frequent cleaning can only make the problem worse. Excessive use of chemicals destroys the fat layer and unbalances the pH of your face.
Skin cleansing should be:
- before bed to remove dust accumulated throughout the day;
- after tours and trips (many bacteria and microbes accumulate in transport, try to eliminate them as soon as possible);
- after spending a lot of time in a dirty space. If you’ve worked all day in the garden, been on the beach or helped with construction work, you need to clean your skin thoroughly and as quickly as possible.