Around 50 million Americans suffer from acne annually, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Severe acne problems often result in poor self-confidence, anxiety, or even depression.
For this reason, companies like the Skin Science Institute provide professional skin care specialist training to prevent and treat acne. Here are some of the most common causes of acne and ways to handle them.
More often than not, you cannot avoid stress. Stress causes the body to produce more cortisol, which is responsible for the production of more oil in the skin. Oily skin, in turn, blocks pores and becomes a breeding ground for bacteria, which causes inflammation.
More so, lack of sleep may cause faster replacement of skin cells. More dead skin cells block pores, leading to acne. Regular visits to a trained professional and having a proper skin regimen are good ways to prevent more oil production.
Some people’s skin gets irritated more easily when cosmetics are applied. As a result, nerve endings in the skin activate cortisol, which then produces more oil. Also, not properly assessing the skin may contribute to acne. For example, a person does not apply moisturizer anymore to the skin because of the incorrect belief that it will cause the skin to produce more oil. On the contrary, when the skin is dry, oil production is on the rise more.
For this reason, it is better to have the skin properly assessed by a professional and from there, build a proper regimen. Also, using cosmetics that do not clog pores will generally not irritate the skin.
Acne may come and go with some persons, leaving no marks. But for others, acne may be disfiguring. While it is important to recognize the causes of acne, having the skin seen and assessed by a professional may just about prevent future flare-ups.