The stress and anxiety that acne causes can in turn fuel this problematic skin condition. Knowing what the top triggers for breakouts are and then understanding your own particular triggers will go a long way in minimising the severity of acne.

Acne can be frustrating, overwhelming and can damage self esteem. Arming yourself with the knowledge of what could be causing your acne will simplify your search and pathway to clearer skin. We have compiled a list of the top 12 causes of acne, plus we explain the leading strategies for acne treatment in Melbourne.


Top Causes of Acne

Breakouts occur when hair follicles become clogged, inflamed and infected as a result of an excess oil production in the skin. The blocked pores encourage the proliferation of bacteria, and thus a breakout. Treating acne early will reduce your chances of scarring.

1. Food allergies / diet

Food intolerances, sensitivities and allergies can be an aggravator for acne. Foods linked to skin concerns include sugar, soy, gluten and dairy. Monitoring your skin condition and keeping a food diary will help you focus in on your triggers.

2. Disrupted skin barrier

Putting your skin barrier under stress, for example an aggressive microdermabrasion, or by over-exfoliating or picking at your spots can lead to a poorly functioning skin barrier. The outer layers of your skin are no longer deemed as just dead skin cells, they are responsible for important functions such as maintaining skin moisture and keeping harmful pollutants out. Be gentle with your skin and only use high-quality products suitable for sensitive skin.

3. Cosmetics & hair products

By clogging pores and essentially suffocating the skin, makeup, moisturisers and hair products can wreak havoc on breakout-prone skin. Cleansing every day, minimising the products you use and selecting organic or more natural products will freshen skin and help improve its function.

4. Stress

The effects of stress can often be seen on our skin. Getting enough quality sleep and obtaining calm and balance will assist in reducing the likelihood of a breakout.

5. Bacteria

Bacteria flourish in warm, oily, clogged pores. Reducing and controlling the level of sebum (oil) production in the skin is often the first step in successful acne treatment. The use of Retinoids along with a customised topical skin care plan can be used to unclog pores and manage the level of bacteria on the skin.

6. Sweat

Tropical climates and sweat inducing activities can lead to excess oil in the skin and the heat encourages bacteria to grow. Keeping your face clean and dry after a workout for example will help minimise skin concerns from bacteria.

7. Acne treatment overload

When trying to clear your skin, using overly-strong or too much acne treatment can have the opposite effect you are hoping for. Having a break from topical treatments might give your skin a chance to heal.

8. Underlying health issues

Digestive issues, diabetes and thyroid problems for example, can lead to acne symptoms. If you think you may have an underlying health problem for your skin concerns, it’s important to consult your doctor.

9. Genetics

As with many health conditions, acne is influenced by genetics. You are likely to be more prone to acne if your parent(s) or sibling had acne.

10. Hormones

Hormones play a significant role with breakouts. Acne is most common during puberty, when the body goes through major hormonal changes. Women often experience breakouts during pregnancy and menstrual cycles. Deep acne and cysts are associated with hormonal acne. In some situations, medications may be considered to help regulate hormones.

11. Laundry detergent

Skin irritation can occur from the residual detergent left on clothing and pillows, leading to breakouts. Organic detergent, soap flakes or detergent designed for sensitive skin may help calm skin irritation.

12. Incorrect diagnosis

It is not uncommon for people to be incorrectly diagnosed with acne, when in fact they have a different skin condition such as dermatitis or rosacea for example. Consulting with a skin specialist will assist with a correct diagnosis and therefore successful treatment.


The Importance of a Comprehensive Skin Analysis

To ensure you have a correct diagnosis for your skin condition, it’s important to consult a qualified skin therapist for a complete skin analysis. At Appearance Clinic, we provide a full, complimentary skin consultation to ensure we understand your concerns and deliver the best possible results. We will recommend a tailored treatment plan to specifically target what your skin needs. We take a holistic and customised approach. Your treatment may include one or a combination of Peels, Laser Genesis or topical skin treatments, plus we can advise on beneficial diet and lifestyle changes to assist your skin.


Complimentary Consultation

For your personalised acne treatment plan, book your free consultation. We will analyse your skin, discuss your concerns, answer any questions that you have and recommend a personalised treatment strategy with accompanying quote.

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