Your skin complexion and the severity of acne and when you get it primarily depends on heredity. No one escapes the odd flare-up, but if acne is in your genes you may get more than others. But don’t despair, acne can be successfully controlled with lifestyle changes, skin care products and prescription medications; talk to your doctor about the best ones for you.
Additional factors that contribute to acne include environment, skin type, hormonal imbalances, diet, allergies, smoking and the use of certain drugs such as steroids, lithium, oral contraceptives and the illegal substance, Ecstasy.
Acne is not caused by improper washing or lack of hygiene, in fact scrubbing the skin too hard or using harsh cleansers can be counterproductive as it irritates and over-dries the skin, causing further sebum production and sensitivity. However, the appropriate cleansers and skin cleansing routines can help to control acne.
Other factors that may aggravate existing acne include makeup, sunscreen lotions, heavy moisturizers, hair products and oils from the environment or cooking. People prone to acne should look for skin care products made for oily or combination skin types and avoid heavy moisturizers and creamy lotions, cleansers and makeup. Gel based products are usually better for oily skin types. Moisturize internally and externally with water; drinking plenty of water will also help your purge toxins and keep your skin healthy and hydrated.
Lifestyle changes should include how you handle emotional turmoil; stress and strong emotions such as guilt, fear, and anxiety also stimulate the brain to overproduce some hormones throwing the body out of balance. Uplift yourself and find motivation by speaking to someone you trust who is qualified to listen and by trying a new activity or learning a new skill. Stress can often be significantly reduced by simply getting organized and making lists to prioritize your tasks. And only twenty minutes of exercise a day will elevate your mood.