What Causes Acne?

What causes acne? Nobody really knows, but doctors believe there are several factors that may contribute to it that are all interrelated.

One of the main factors may be an increase of hormones called androgens, or male sex hormones.

It’s normal for both boys and girls to have an increase of these hormones. It can also occur during other hormonal changes including pregnancy.

Among the other causes, genetics can play a part. Some people, who research acne, believe that the tendency is inherited from the parents. Certain medications, including hormones and lithium are known to cause acne.

There is evidence to suggest that greasy cosmetics, only adds to the problem helping to alter or the cells of the follicles making them stick together and producing more plugs.

What makes acne worse?

Changing hormone levels in adolescent girls and adult women two to seven days before their period starts.

Oil from skin products like moisturizers cosmetics or grease encountered in workplaces like kitchen grease.

Some nutritionists claim certain cooking oils like safflower and canola oil may aggravate acne. Some have found relief from severe outbreaks by switching to healthier oils like grapeseed, olive, and sunflower oils.

In our own experience, products that use canola oil are seem to cause our daughters skin to breakout more than oils like coconut oil or palm oil. When canola or safflower oil is combined with genetically modified organisms like corn, our experience is that numerous health issues seem to occur in at least several of the members of our house.

 Allow me to get off track here for a paragraph or two while I mention our concern with canola and safflower oils.

We make every effort to avoid GMO products and foods in our home. We personally believe that GMO's are a danger to achieving optimum health and wellness, and the risks of consuming or using genetically modified products far outweigh the benefits.

We recommend that you avoid GMO's and voice your concerns by voting against GMO products, and by supporting natural and organic foods, products, and companies whenever possible.

Pressure points where sports helmets for equipment, backpacks, tight collars, or even tight uniforms may come in contact.

Environmental irritants, such as pollution and high humidity.

Squeezing or picking at zits or other blemishes.

Overly aggressive scrubbing of the skin.


If We Know What Causes Acne,
What can make acne better?

Regular cleansing several times a day with a mild skin cleanser Application of a topical agent or treatment like Benzoyl Peroxide or Tea Tree Oil

Avoiding saturated fats and adding Omega Oils like Cod Liver Oil or Borage and Evening primrose Oils. Adding Omega and Fish oils to the diet have had positive benefits for healthier skin.

An Internal Cleanse 3 or 4 times a year _________________________________

A Change of Diet, plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, organ meats like liver, exercise, fresh air and sunshine.

Additional antioxidants and antioxidant rich foods in your diet.

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