The causes of acne The causes of acne

While it is a common belief that acne appears due to lack of skin care and hygiene, it is important to remember that acne can also appear on clean skin.

According to the Colombian Dermatology Association (Asocolderma), acne has several causes. While the main culprit is a bacterium (propionibacterium acnes), it is related to hormonal changes, which is why it is a common problem in adolescence. However, many hormonal conditions also cause acne during other critical moments, as the Asocolderma website explains:

  • Hormonal contraceptives also cause changes as they affect this system in the body. They can cause acne during the transition periods with the medication (at the beginning or end of the treatment). However, due to their anovulatory effect, they can also be used to regulate hormone levels, and can therefore serve as an effective acne treatment.
  • Adrenal hormones, such as cortisol, can have an effect on the skin’s health. Mood has a direct effect on these hormones, so a period of prolonged stress or an anxiety disorder could be the source of an outbreak in the skin, therefore causing the condition to worsen.

How to prevent it

Excess grease on the skin can also cause acne, so it is important to be careful about the skin routines and types of products that you use to clean your skin.

Makeup can cause acne if its ingredients are not suitable for the skin or if it is in a poor condition, which is why it is important to respect the suggested use dates for these products.

Often believed to be beneficial for acne, the sun actually aggravates it. Tanning can have a negative effect on the skin as it increases the production of sebum used to repair the skin after sun exposure.