What Causes Breakouts?

Published on January 23, 2020

Breakouts are a thing almost everyone experiences during some point in their lives. It can occur for some people more frequently than others. Teens often deal with breakouts for a variety of reasons. However, breakouts aren’t limited to your teenage years. Unfortunately, a lot of patients we see can suffer from acne well into their 20’s, 30’s and sometimes even later in life. Acne issues, regardless of your age, can often be attributed to hormonal or environmental factors.

The first step in clearing up acne and preventing further breakouts it to figure out what’s triggering acne flare-ups. Is it hormonal? Is it something you’re using on your skin topically or the way you’re cleaning it? Is it a reaction to something in your diet? These are all common causes of acne issues. The good news is they are also very treatable.

For teenagers, treating acne can be a bit tricky. Teenagers have hormones related to puberty that can cause acne. These hormones can cause excess oil production, which can make their acne get worse. Stress is another thing that teenagers deal with that can inflame their acne. Whether the stress is affecting their hormones or anxiety is causing other behaviors such as touching, picking, or even crying, it can increase the occurrence of acne. If you have a teen that is struggling with acne issues, one of the most important things for them is a good skincare regimen. Make sure they’re using the right products the right way. If picking or touching the acne is an issue, this is a bad habit that needs to be broken. Picking at acne increases bacteria exposure to the skin, not only creating more acne but also creating long term damage and scarring to the face. At The Skin Care Center at Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery, we have aestheticians specially trained to help teenagers understand their skin, what’s causing their breakouts, as well as specially developed facials to treat teenage skin.

Stress and hormones are also problems for adults with acne. By the time people reach their twenties, fluctuating hormones from the teenage years should have leveled out (except for women who are menstruating or pregnant).

The number one most essential thing you can do to combat acne is to have a good skincare regimen and use quality products. Everyone’s skin is different. Some people are sensitive to fragrance. Some people react to different foods in their diets, specifically dairy and sugar. It’s also essential to keep your hair and pillows clean. Hair collects dust and other things in the environment daily. Some people also have oily hair. All of these things get on your pillow when you sleep, and then you spend many hours with your skin touching the pillow. These are fundamental things you can do to prevent breakouts.

Some women struggle with acne during pregnancy, and some people experience breakouts due to medications they are taking. If you are taking any performance-enhancing powders or medicines, these things could be contributing to your breakouts. If you’re pregnant, you want to be very safe about how you’re treating your skin and what types of products you’re using. Pregnancy is a great time to seek professional care for your skin. This ensures the treatment is safe for you and allows you to pamper yourself at the same time.

Having a gentle cleansing routine in combination with a monthly exfoliating facial can do wonders for your skin. The Skin Care Center offers facials specially formulated to treat different kinds of skin and various skin issues. Our Hydrafacial is one of the best facials and is safe for all skin types, even during pregnancy. This facial hydrates the skin while cleaning all the bad stuff out of your pores. We also have a variety of peels and other skincare treatments like micro-needling, which can reduce pore size and treat acne scars.

If your suffering from breakouts, schedule a free consultation with one of our skincare experts at The Skin Care Center at Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery’s new office at 4707 N. Davis Hwy. in Pensacola.

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