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What Causes Acne

It's a given, at least once in your life you'll experience acne, the condition of the skin that shows up as different types of bumps and irritation. Acne begins to blemish about two or three weeks before it shows on on the skin. It may seem it appears overnight but it's really a much longer process.
Dead Skin Cells: When new skin below and around the follicle grows, it sheds the older, dead skin cells. When dead skin cells don't properly shed, they become excessive and can clog up the pores.

Sebum: Over production of sebum, the oil that keeps your skin soft, moist and pliable can be another contributor to acne. Once the pore becomes clogged, bacteria forms, causing a lesions or pimples.
Over Washing: When you wash your face too much, you force your skin to produce more sebum which as previously mentioned can result in clogged pores. You shouldn't wash your face more than twice a day.
Sweat: If you sweat excessively or it just does not have time to evaporate, pores can become blocked. Always rinse off after sweating and avoid anything that traps the sweat against your skin such as headbands or tight clothing. Also refrain from wearing fabrics such as nylon or spandex that don't breath, instead wear cotton to help wick the sweat away.
Hormones:  Another producer of sebum. Women may notice they have an acne outbreak near the time of their period. Hormones often fluctuate greatly during the teen years and often acne will go away once hormones settle down.
Medications: If you're taking anti-depressants, steroids, epilepsy medication and some birth control pills, these have been known to contribute to acne.
Although it's hard to determine the exact factors that made your skin break out, if you're aware of the causes you maybe can begin to narrow down the culprits over time!