You wash your face religiously with a gentle cleanser and keep the number of products you use on your skin to a bare minimum. You avoid eating out with your friends often and keep a safe distance from junks. And yet, you can't quite seem to keep pimples at bay. What could you be doing wrong?
In all likelihood, you're doing nothing wrong. It could be that your breakouts aren't the result of your lifestyle, but rather a result of some underlying medical problem. The good news is that acne can be controlled successfully if you get to the root cause of the problem.
Here are some medical reasons that might cause you acne -
Hormones – Do you get acne during your period? If yes, why? Hormonal fluctuations during our menstrual cycle increases production of sebum (oil), and this excess oil, together with the excess of dead skin cells, provides the perfect breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria.
To add to your woes, hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), perimenopause, and menopause may cause acne at the respective life stages. Such acne can be treated by correcting the underlying disorder with the help of a doctor.
Genetics – Have you ever had a friend who sat around watching TV all day, and ate the greasiest junk foods imaginable, all without getting any acne? On the contrary, your face is filled up with acne all the time no matter how hard you try to get rid of them. Why is it so? You can blame your genes for causing you acne. Heredity plays a significant role in the development and persistence of acne. But that doesn’t mean you can never have clear skin. You can get rid of acne by making healthy lifestyle choices.
Medications - Certain medications such as anticonvulsants, corticosteroids, oral contraceptives, anabolic steroids, antidepressants, some immunosuppressants and TB drugs can lead to severe outbreaks of acne in some individuals. If this is happening with you, you can talk to your healthcare provider and he may suggest you some alternative medicines to treat the existing, underlying condition.
Dandruff - Are you troubled by acne on your forehead? You may be prone to acne caused by dandruff. Yes, dandruff causes flaky skin on the scalp and these dry skin flakes can clog the pores on the face and body leading to pimples. So, if you want to prevent pimples due to dandruff you will have to treat the dandruff. Keeping the scalp clean and having a proper diet will help to control the problem.
Thyroid problems - The small, butterfly-shaped thyroid gland located at the base of your throat is responsible for producing thyroid hormones that regulate metabolism. These hormones affect virtually every cell in our body, and the skin is a major organ that can be affected by an underactive thyroid, called as hypothyroidism. One of the common skin-related symptoms of hypothyroidism can include hair loss, thickening and drying of the skin, and acne.
Stress – Stressed and getting acne breakouts? Well, it’s no coincidence. This is because stress causes your body to make hormones like cortisol, which tells glands in your skin to make more oil. Oily skin is more prone to acne and acne causes further stress. Therefore, focus on finding out more reasons to smile and de-stress yourself by doing fun activities in your daily routine.