What Causes Pimples

Pimples can be caused by a variety of factors which are most commonly experienced during puberty. The main three causes are:

  1. Overproduction of Oil (sebum)
  2. Irregular Shedding of Dead Skin Cells
  3. Buildup of Bacteria

Acne on your face occurs when your pores become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. This produces a substance known as sebum which provides an excellent environment for bacteria. The bacteria grows pushing out the follicle wall, which bulges and forms a whitehead. If however, the bacteria grows and is already exposed to the environment, it forms a blackhead.

What Causes Pimples

Now this is what causes pimples, however there are 3 factors that can worsen already existing acne as well.
 
1. Hormones
Hormones are what you experience during puberty and you really can’t do much about. The reason why puberty causes so much acne is because during puberty your body is increasing in hormones. This increase in hormones causes excess sebum production from your skin which soon results in acne. For this factor all you can do is wait out the process.

2. Medication
The second factor that can affect your acne is medication. That’s right, certain medications are known to actually cause pimples. These include drugs containing corticosteroids, androgens or lithium. If you are on any of these medications and having problems with acne, discuss this with your doctor and see if there are alternative options.

3. Diet
The third factor that can cause pimples is your diet. You may have heard “diet doesn’t matter” but this is completely untrue. Studies show that certain foods, many which are common in the American diet, cause a rapid increase in blood sugar, increase sebum production, and exacerbate acne.


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