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What causes outbreaks?

Stress :  the chemicals released when you are stressed starts off a chain reaction that can result in acne: the pituitary gland increases hormone production, which stimulates the adrenal gland, which secretes androgen, which enlarges the oil glands and stimulates excess sebum production, which can clog your pores and cause acne!

Bad Cosmetics Choices : cosmetic acne looks like a rash of tiny pimples and shows up most often on oily skins. If your skin is oily, avoid cosmetics and creams that contain heavy oils like lanolin or mineral oil.

Hormones : 70% of women experience breakouts two to seven days before menstruation when estrogen level rise and the sebaceous glands go into overdrive, making the skin oilier.

Birth Control Pills : some women break out after going on a pill with high levels of androgen or discontinuing a pill with high levels of estrogen.

Other Medications : common cold remedies that contain bromides and iodides can also trigger outbreaks of acne - as can barbiturates, high doses of Vitamin B12, Lithium, or steroids, especially cortisone.


Skin tip of the day

Don't put off treating acne. The scars that are left by severe acne are often more heartbreaking than the zits themselves were. Act quickly to reduce the likelihood of your acne leaving scars on your face. The longer you wait, the worse it will get. Prevention is always preferable to treatment.

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