Causes of Acne
All types of acne occur when pores, or hair follicles, in the face, neck, chest or back become clogged with excess oil, dead skin cells or built up bacteria.
The most common bacteria causing acne is Propionibacterium acnes
Some people may have naturally oilier skin and be genetically predisposed to acne.
Hormones certainly affect the skin and may also lead to the development of acne. The onset of puberty, pregnancy, menstruation and high dose hormonal birth control methods may trigger acne breakouts.
Skin care regimen
Some skin care product ingredients can cause or exacerbate acne. Examples include scrubs and exfoliating agents.
Some possible dietary factors include processed foods, packaged foods, preservatives, dairy products and high-starch foods. Some studies have identified these potential triggers.
Many studies have shown that culminate stress can cause or worsen acne. Stress reducing measures include:
No electronics, TV or video games for 30-60 minutes before sleep
Prayer, yoga, massage, or other relaxation techniques for 5-15 minutes before sleep
Adequate sleep (8 or more hours per night)
No caffeine after 2 pm
Exercising 3-5 times per week
Sleeping at the same time every night (preferably at 10 pm or so)
Establishing a bedtime regimen
No eating before sleep