Surprising Causes of Acne

Over 17 million people in the United States deal with the annoying, embarrassing and often painful issue of breakouts, making acne the most common skin condition in the country. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Ava Shamban joins The Doctors to reveal four causes of acne you wouldn’t normally expect.Acne is most common in adolescents, but it's not unusual for adults to break out, as well. It tends to run in families, and people can be prone to breakouts well past age 40.

Acne is caused by a buildup of bacteria and excess skin oil, which can be triggered by changing hormones. If acne is persistent, a dermatologist can prescribe medications to help clear up skin. Treatments include topical creams, which help dry up oils and slough off skin cells, and antibiotics, which fight inflammation and reduce bacteria. For cystic acne, laser- and light-based therapies have been shown to help, if more powerful prescription medications prove ineffective.

Surprising Reasons for Your Breakouts:
  • Consort Acne
Cause: Your partner
Remedies: Have your partner switch to oil-free, non-comedogenic products, if you suspect they may make your breakouts worse. Don’t share towels with your partner, and change and wash your towels, sheets and pillowcases frequently.

• Pomade Acne
Cause: Your hair products

Remedies: Try using water-based hair products, limit the amount that you use and don’t apply too much near the hairline.

• Pressure Acne Cause: Your glasses
Remedies: Sanitize your glasses frequently. Clean the frames with makeup wipes and wash them with soap and warm water at least once daily. Use blotting papers to wipe the sweat off your nose. Remember, the larger the frames, the larger the affected breakout area!

• Acne Mechanica
Cause: Your bra straps
Remedies: Loosen your bra straps and switch to a different fabric. After exercise, immediately shower and wash the areas under your bra straps that are prone to breakouts. Try to use cleansers that contain salicylic acid.

Additional Acne Causes:
 Certain Medications
Medicines and/or supplements containing steroids can cause breakouts.
Remedies: If you can, stop using certain drugs with ingredients known to cause acne. Drugs that contain corticosteroids, androgens, lithium bromides and iodides — which can be found in sedatives and cough medicines — are all linked to breakouts.

• Hormone-triggered acne
Acne caused by makeup?
Anti-acne diet
Newborn acne
Armpit acne