Causes of Acne

Acne can be unsightly and cause social embarrassment, especially for teen-agers. People try for years to finally get rid of acne, but it is a long and often difficult journey for those plagued with chronic acne. Severe acne can lead to feelings of low self-esteem, self-confidence. It can also lead to scarring which can also be hard to treat.

Understanding the Cause of Acne

There are still many theories on what actually causes acne, but it is pretty well accepted that eating sweets or chocolates do not cause acne. Nor is acne a sign of being unclean or having too much dirt on the skin.

A very prevalent theory is that the root cause of acne is a hormonal imbalance. Another theory is that the root cause of acne is a person’s diet.

Hormonal Imbalance – Hormones in the body are like message centers that pass back and forth in organs and cells. These hormones tell the body what to do, and the androgenic hormones tell the oil glands in the skin how much skin oil, or sebum, to produce. Too many androgenic hormones make the oil glands produce too much sebum.

Mixing excess sebum with highly congesting blood toxins and lymph toxins will cause acne, because it creates a breeding ground for bacteria to grow. So it is not necessarily just bacteria by itself that causes acne, it is the combination of the excess oil and congesting toxins that create the redness, swelling, pus, and clogged pores resulting in acne. Therefore, just killing the bacteria will not eliminate the reason for the acne.

Out of control or over-active hormones is a reason why acne generally occurs in the teen years. Hormones are also the reason some women experience acne break-outs right before their menstrual cycles. Birth control pills which contain hormones can sometimes be effective in controlling acne for women.

There is a genetic predisposition component of hormonal imbalances and inflammation that can lead to acne.

Diet – There are those that believe the only way to control acne is through the diet. Eating good, healthy foods, getting nutrients, and exercising will help eliminate chronic acne. Inflammatory foods can promote acne lesions. These are foods like sugar, oils, trans fats, highly processed foods, salt, alcohol, and artificial food additives. It is also important to eliminate foods that may be allergic or that have added hormones. This would mean being careful of fast foods and certain red meats.

Exercising several times a week doing aerobic activities will improve circulation and eliminate toxins from the body through sweat. Exercise can also help control over-active hormones.