Causes Of Acne And The Effects It Can Have On Your Self Esteem

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Most people have had one or two acne breakouts some time in life, usually during puberty or their teenage years. However, for those who suffer from chronic acne the effect this condition can have on your self-esteem can be crushing.

We live in a society where looks are important, and so getting reoccurring acne breakouts just as a person gets to dating age, when looks really matter to most teens can be devastating. Those huge white heads, and those oil filled black heads makes most young people and even adults feel ugly and often ashamed to go out in public. This is made worse if you are one of those people who seem to be constantly suffering from acne break outs to the point where you are teased or feel as though people are staring at those angry red inflamed white heads rather than taking notice of you.

Even if no one says anything about your acne, you still know it is there and feel self conscious in social situations among your peers. Many teenagers feel alone and lonely during their high school years simply because of acne, missing out on many social interactions.

Worse, the damage to your self-esteem can last for years or even a lifetime even once your acne has gone away for good and is a thing of the past. For some people the emotional and physical scars that acne leaves behind in its wake can be devastating. In many cases, the more that a person does to try and reduce their acne breakouts, the worse their acne becomes, leaving them feeling as though they are cursed with bad skin. However, understanding the causes and contributing factors that result in acne may help to reduce those acne breakouts, and help you to begin to rebuild some of your self-esteem.

What Causes Acne?

The simple truth is that no one knows for sure what actually causes acne. Scientists do know that acne results when the sebaceous glands over-produce sebum and become blocked, resulting in swelling, redness, and infection. However, they don’t know why some of these glands become blocked and others don’t or what the exact cause or causes for the blockage may be. They do know, however, what some of the contributing factors are or may be that can lead to acne breakout.

  • Improper DietNot all scientists agree on how large a part diet may play in acne breakouts. Some believe it may play a large part while some aren’t sure whether diet contributes to acne at all. However, since some acne results in infected pores, and the immune system is responsible for helping to prevent infection, then it only makes sense that if you are not eating a healthy diet and keeping your immune system strong then acne could result.
  • Hormonal ChangesWhile scientists aren’t sure why hormonal changes contribute to acne breakouts they know that it does since most acne breakouts generally begin to occur during puberty and worsen during the times that hormonal changes take place in the body, particularly when there is an increase in androgen production.
  • Vitamin DeficiencyScientists have been able to link acne breakouts to deficiency in certain vitamins such as vitamin D in the human body. While a vitamin deficiency alone may not cause an acne breakout it is certainly a contributing factor.
  • StressStudies have shown that many people, particularly teenagers have more acne breakouts in times of stress. Worrying about being asked to a school dance or worrying about a large test or exam can often cause an acne breakout to occur. This may be due to the fact that stress lowers the immune system allowing for acne breakout to result.
  • GeneticsScientists don’t yet know why genetics play a part in the occurrence of acne, but studies show that if your parents suffered from acne you are more likely to suffer from it as well.
  • Improper Skin CareWhile poor hygiene may contribute to acne breakouts because some people simply don’t wash the excess oil from their skin leaving it to clog the pores and result in acne, the more problematic problem with improper skin care is found in being over-zealous or using the wrong skin care products. Washing your skin too often or using products containing ingredients that dry out the skin, results in the sebaceous glands producing more oil to try and keep the skin moisturized. When these glands become over-active and start products large amounts of sebum, then acne can result.

As you can see there are many factors that contribute to acne breakouts, while some such as hormonal changes and genetics can’t be changed, other contributing factors can be corrected resulting in fewer breakouts, healthier skin, and improved self-esteem. Learning how to eat right, avoid stress, and care for skin properly can go a long way to reducing and even eliminating acne breakouts and helping to preserve your self-esteem.



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