ABOUT
BOOK
SERVICES
PRICES
What causes acne breakouts?
By: Dr Magnus Lynch

The causes of breakouts depend on the individual, and therefore to tailor the answers to you we will need to ask you a few questions.

Greasy / oily skincare products or excessive makeup: These can block pores (the openings of hair follicles) and trigger acne breakouts.

Occlusion: Mechanical blockage of hair follicles through occlusion with tight clothes or more recently masks can lead to acne breakouts. A change in hormonal contraception, for example stopping the combined oral contraceptive pill, changing to a new brand or starting progesterone only contraception can trigger an outbreak.

Corticosteroids: Topical steroids are widely used for the treatment of conditions such as eczema on the face. They can worsen acne and rosacea. Corticosteroids (e.g. prednisolone) are also prescribed in tablet form for the treatment of a wide range of conditions and can trigger outbreaks.

Testosterone and Anabolic steroids: Testosterone levels increase around puberty and this is a significant contributor to the acne flares that are seen at this age. Testosterone may also be prescribed medically for certain conditions and this can cause significant acne. Anabolic steroid hormones related to testosterone and are sometimes abused by athletes and body builders and can result in very severe acne flares.

Tags: acne  breakouts 
RELATED
What skincare routine is best for acne-prone skin?
Are different types of acne treated differently?
What are topical retinoids?
Why do I get dark marks after acne spots?
What causes acne breakouts?
How do you know what the right treatment is for your acne?
Why does acne cause scarring?
What is acne conglobata?
What is the best moisturiser for acne?
What treatments are effective for hormonal acne?
What conditions can be mistaken for acne?
How does the severity of your acne determine what treatment is suitable?
What causes acne breakouts?
What are the different types of acne lesions?
What is acne?
What causes acne?
How are antibiotics used to treat acne?
What topical treatments are available for acne?
When do I need tablet treatments for my acne?
What over the counter acne treatment should I use?