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what causes acne

85% of people 12-24 have acne

Think your acne is caused by eating too much fast food, using the wrong makeup, or not washing your face often enough? SOZ, but it's not that simple.

The factors that lead to breakouts--excess oil on the skin, excess dead skin cells, bacteria and inflammation--are caused by things that are outside your control, like genetics and hormones. There are also several surprising triggers that can make spots flare up (hello stress).

85% of people ages 12-24 experience at least minor acne, and everyone's skin in different. So figuring out your triggers and how to avoid them may take a little detective work.

CHECK OUT SOME OF THE MAIN PIMPLE-CAUSING CULPRITS:

Your family tree

While the exact genetic cause of acne is still foggy, research shows that if your
family has had a case of severe acne, it's more likely you'll have severe acne.

(Thanks, Mom and Dad!).

THAT DAILY NOSH
What you're eating can cause inflammation, your body's response to harmful substances or infection.
Since you are what you eat, swap those frenemy foods for fruits, vegetables, whole grains and
high-quality protein (fish, poultry, tofu, legumes and nuts).

hormone central

Consider puberty the master of ceremonies for the acne party. During puberty, your body begins to produce hormones called androgens.

Say whaaat? These androgens cause oil-producing glands to enlarge, stimulating oil production. when there's more oil and less shedding of dead skin cells, pores become clogged, resulting in... acne.

THE STRESS METER

Stress doesn't directly cause acne, but it does act as a trigger for excess oil development.

OVERDRIVE

Not only does stress throw your adrenal glands into overdrive, it also causes increased blood flow and expansion of capillaries, which makes skin appear more red and inflamed.

POWER FAILURE

If that wasn't enough, stress can also cause poor absorption of nutrients and can slow healing because of a lowered immune system.

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