7 Causes of Acne:
1) Your Prescriptions - Steroids found in prescription drugs are a key offender, whether taken internally or topically. Fusco warns that if taken internally the offending ingredient will be listed as prednisone, which is the tablet form of a steroid.
2) Your Beauty Routine - Acne caused by topical creams, lotions, and makeup is known as Acne Cosmetica, and is most common on the face, neck, hairline, and scalp. If you regularly apply a product to an acne-prone area, it’s possible that it's doing more harm than good.
3) Your Phone - Cell phones gather all kinds of dirt and bacteria throughout the day, and are a big cause of acne on the chin and around the mouth. Wiping down your Smartphone daily with alcohol or Clorox wipes will keep your phone—and your face—clean.
4) Your Workout Gear - If you're using a communal yoga mat, you may be on the side that someone else's feet or perspiration has touched.
5) Touching Your Face - Above all, avoid touching your face at all costs—even after you wash your hands. If you’re a college student, studying with your hand resting on your face can cause bad little breakouts!
6) Your Shower Routine - Make sure that washing your face is the last thing you do in the shower.
7) Your Love For Chocolate - Studies show that there is a link between the amount of chocolate consumed and the number of breakouts. While chocolate hasn’t been shown to produce pimples, it does enrage existing acne.
7 Foods that Trigger Acne:
7 Ways to Prevent Acne:
- Keep your hair products off your face.
- Sleep on your back & wash your sheets/pillow cases frequently.
- Keep your hands away from your face
- Clean Your Cell Phone with a cotton swab damp with alcohol + keep your phone a little away from your face.
- Don’t smoke.
- Use Oil Free Products.
- Use Makeup Tools, Not Your Fingers.
Acne affects people regardless of age, gender or race. While thoroughly treatable, of those who suffer from acne:
• 11% will see a physician
• 20% will go to a skin care center
• 30% will use an over-the-counter medication from a drug store or pharmacy
• 40+% will do nothing
Of the 85% of teenagers (between the ages of 12 and 24) that suffer from acne, 25% will have permanent scars ranging from severe to light. The American Dermatologist Association finds that:
• 20% of all adults have active acne
• 60 million Americans have active acne
• 20 million Americans have acne badly enough to cause scars.