There is far more inaccurate information available on acne than there is accurate. People with acne are long familiar with anyone and everyone offering them lotions and potions to help with their condition, most of which are total quackery. The most important thing that people should know about acne is that there is more than one root cause of it, the underlying causes are real medical conditions, not topical care problems and it may require a physician, a dermatologist and an endocrinologist to diagnose the problem. Your crazy aunt may think she knows best, but she is not the medical opinion to listen to.
One common cause of acne is hormone problems. Teenagers go through massive hormonal changes, which is why acne first flares up during the teen years. For most people, the natural aging process eases the hormone fluctuations and returns them to clear skin. But for others, a hormone imbalance continues to exist. Depending on which hormones are imbalanced and why, this condition can have several different names, but all of them are extremely complex to diagnose and treat.
A dysfunctional metabolism can also be a primary culprit in the skin condition acne. People with acne often have difficulty metabolizing fats, carbohydrates, proteins and sugars. Their bodies struggle to convert these substances into useful energy and they end up with chemical imbalances.
Simply having stress can cause breakouts. Western medicine is becoming more and more accepting of the fact that our mental health and our physical health affect one another. One way we have collectively acknowledged this is by studying the effects of stress on the body and learning that the body has a negative reaction to stress. For people who struggle with acne in any capacity, stress will aggravate their condition.
And lastly, other skin conditions play a part in acne as well. Conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, rosacea and shingles can all interact with acne, aggravate it and increase its frequency.