Teenagers run an increased risk of acne due to their hormones which are running riot during the onset and continuation of puberty. This is understandably a terrible time for young people to develop a condition which impacts upon their looks as they are developing a sense of who they are around this age and are primarily concerned with their looks and also how their peers and society at large view them as individuals.
Acne is also thought to be hereditary to an extent so if your parents were troubled with acne then it is a real possibility that you will be too. Studies have concluded that in the case of both teenage and adult acne this hereditary aspect seems to present itself.
Acne in Adults
It is estimated that more than 80% of adult acne cases occur in females and that these are likely to be caused by fluctuations in hormone levels. Hormones in women tend to fluctuate at various times:
When a woman is about to have her periods this can being on an acne flare-up.
When a lady is pregnant, especially within her first three months. This is a prime time for acne. If a woman has polycystic ovary syndrome then it may cause acne too.
Acne is a potential side effect of medication in many women and also men too.
There are many rumours and misconceptions around acne and its causes, here are a few:
Acne is Brought on Due to Dirty Skin and Poor Hygiene
This is nonsense as the majority of biological reactions which trigger acne happen under the skins surface. The cleanliness of your skin therefore has no bearing on acne. Wash every day twice daily and you will be doing the best for your skin. If you wash more than this, your skin will only become aggravated.
Squeezing Spots Gets Rid of Acne
This is certainly not true as doing so could easily spread bacteria which will make your symptoms worse and potentially leave you permanently scarred.
Sunbathing and Sunbeds Improve Acne
Yes getting out and about in the air is good for you and gaining vitamin D from the outdoor light is also beneficial but there is no hard and fast conclusive evidence to say that prolonged sun or sunbed exposure will improve acne. Take note that there are many acne treatment medications which actually make your skin more photosensitive and thus sun could actually have a detrimental rather than therapeutic effect.
Acne is Infectious
You cannot “catch” acne from other people.