What Increases Your Risk
The tendency to develop
acne runs in families. You are more likely to develop
severe acne if your parents had severe acne.
The risk of
developing acne is highest during the teen and young adult years. These are the
years when hormones such as
testosterone are increasing. Women who are at the age
menstruation also are more likely to develop acne.
Many women have acne flare-ups in the days just before their menstrual
Acne can be irritated or made worse by:
- Wearing straps or other tight-fitting items
that rub against the skin (such as a football player wearing shoulder pads), as
well as using equipment that rubs against the body (such as a violin held
between the cheek and shoulder). Helmets, bra straps, headbands, and turtleneck
sweaters also may cause acne to get worse.
- Using skin and hair care
products that contain
- Washing the face
too often or scrubbing the face too hard. Using harsh soaps or very hot water
can also cause acne to get worse.
- Experiencing a lot of
- Touching the face a lot.
- Sweating a
- Having hair hanging in the face, which can cause the skin to
- Taking certain
medicines, such as corticosteroids, some barbiturates, or lithium.
- Working with
oils and harsh chemicals on a regular basis.
Athletes or bodybuilders who take anabolic steroids are also at risk for getting acne.1
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
January 23, 2013
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