Acne is a skin condition that affects millions of Americans–and not just teenagers! At SkinSmart Dermatology, we know that understanding acne is the first step in learning how to control it. Drs. Elizabeth Callahan and William Adams can educate patients on how to address their acne and even on ways to reduce acne flareups. If you are dealing with acne and having trouble keeping it under control, it might be time to talk to a dermatologist about the factors that can worsen acne and make it more difficult to address over time.
What worsens acne?
There are many things that can worsen acne, and getting an understanding of these factors can assist patients in better caring for their skin. Below are just a few of the reason why patients might experience acne flareups:
- Stress. Stress can worsen acne by causing an increase in the production of sebum, which is the oily substance that clogs pores and leads to acne breakouts.
- Diet. Diet can also play a role in acne flare-ups. Foods high in sugar and dairy products are known to aggravate acne. Studies have also shown that eating too many fatty foods can worsen acne.
- Hormonal fluctuations. Hormonal changes, such as those that occur during puberty, menstruation, and pregnancy, can also cause acne breakouts.
- Environment. Environmental factors, such as smoke and pollution, can also aggravate acne. Smoke contains harmful chemicals that can clog pores and cause breakouts. Pollution contains dirt and other particles that can irritate the skin and lead to acne.
- Cosmetics and hair products. Certain cosmetics and hair products can also aggravate acne. Cosmetics that are comedogenic, or pore-clogging, can cause blackheads and whiteheads. Hair products that contain oils or other ingredients that clog pores can also lead to breakouts.
By understanding the factors that can worsen acne, patients can take steps to avoid these triggers and hopefully experience fewer acne flare-ups. If you struggle with acne and are seeking solutions with a dermatologist who can help in controlling the issue and addressing acne once and for all, we encourage you to call our Sarasota, FL area practice. Drs. Elizabeth Callahan and William Adams of SkinSmart Dermatology work routinely with patients to help them enhance their skin. Call (941) 308-7546 to schedule an appointment at 5911 North Honore Avenue, Ste. #210.