Who has not experienced acne at some point in their lives? Have you ever wondered that hormal imbalance can cause acne? Most people have gone through this skin disorder during the course of their lives. While acne is mostly common in teenagers, some adults are not spared as well. Acne is a broad term and consists of several skin conditions like pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, nodules, pustules, scars, cysts etc… The most common form of acne is pimples or another term is zits. If you want to understand how pimples are triggered and how to avoid them to have a blemish free skin then read on.
Hormonal Imbalance: Androgens and Estrogens
Acne is usually the outcome of an imbalance in the hormones of your body typically more active in teenagers when reaching puberty. Male hormones are called androgens while female hormones are called estrogens. During this life cycle, teenagers’ hormones are disturbed to a great extent and this has a direct negative impact on the skin oil glands also known as the sebaceous glands. The sebaceous glands usually produce sebum or simply oil naturally but during hormone imbalance, this lead to an overproduction of sebum. Too much oil on your skin is detrimental to skin health as this results in clogged pores. When your pores are clogged, pimples are triggered and at times, blackheads can form over the top.
Hormonal Imbalance: Cortisol
Another hormone which is also responsible for acne proliferation is the hormone cortisol also known as the stress hormone. Teenagers are often proned to stress during exams and the hormone cortisol is released and secreted in greater amounts leading to an overproduction of sebum during this period. As you’d guess, more clogged pores. Have you ever noticed when you’re stressed, your face becomes greasy and oily? Well on my part, I’ve noticed that. It also makes the skin itchy and this often leads to an emergence of pimples beneath your skin.
One Acne Mistake To Avoid At All Cost:
Pimples are generally rather mild but sometimes, they simply aggravate and can lead to acne scarring. One major reason which can cause this is – ‘taking care of the acne and trying to get rid of it too fast’. How can that happen? It’s simple. You just squeeze and pluck it. Squeezing your pimples would mean you have eradicated the problem. Well I hate to burst your bubble but you’ve just committed a big mistake. While the pimples have vanished, you have just left a hole in your skin which can invite bacteria and impurities inside and this can look pretty ugly if you’ve plucked at several of your pimples at once. This is what we called acne scars. You might have done irreversible skin damage. Acne scars are worst than normal pimples. It’s better to have a few pimples than one acne scar. So as a general rule of thumb, never squeeze your pimples.
Generally some people will do this when they start getting discouraged while following a treatment which is only giving results slowly. But one fundamental thing you need to know is treating and curing acne takes time and requires patience. And don’t worry when you have a few pimples. Let them heal over time if you are already taking care of it either through over-the-counter remedies or natural acne treatment solutions like making use of home remedies.
How Do You Deal With Acne?
I hope this article has given you some insightful information regarding some of the major causes of acne largely attributed to hormonal imbalance as well as what you should not do to worsen your acne. What about you? What remedies do you use for acne? Do you have any bad experience concerning acne which you regret having done? Feel free to share your experience or any comments you might have.
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