Leading Causes Of Female Acne

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Acne is a common problem with females internationally and one that many women just brush off and think will disappear. Unfortunately this is not always the case and it can end up becoming quite an irritation and even a danger to the women experiencing it. It is better to find the cause of and treat your acne before the problem becomes worse than it is and just to be on the safe side.

Female hormones tend to oscillate more than male hormones as the hormones are constantly changing due to menstrual cycles, pregnancy and menopause, this combined with food allergies, drug intake (including antibiotics designed to 'eliminate acne'), endocrine aberration (abnormalities in the system of glands that secrete hormones into the body), zinc deficiency (this causes testosterone to convert dihydrotestosterone which is a reduction of testosterone) and tension brought on by stress which causes a hormonal imbalance.

Another cause of acne in women is Androgen. Androgen is a type of testosterone (testosterone is predominantly a male hormone but also exists in females at a much lower level) that can cause acne and unwanted hair growth. When Androgen levels rise, it stimulates your oil glands which in turn increases your skin's oil production. This oil blocks up your pores and increases bacterial growth below the skin which builds up and causes an acne outbreak. In conjunction with this, low levels of Estrogen (the female hormone) can increase your chances of getting acne.

PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) is female hormone disorder that is actually quite common. The tell-tale signs of this are:

Irregular menstrual cycle

Weight fluctuation

Testosterone induced hair and skin changes

Hormone testing is recommended for women with acne who show any of these symptoms, as hormone imbalances can be a consequence of problems in the female reproductive system (such as an ovarian cyst).

Make-up is also a leading cause of acne in women and is caused by the oils and chemicals in the make-up. This is constantly aggravated by apply and re-applying make-up over existing acne break outs, lengthening their healing process and only making the problem worse. It is recommended that you cease using make-up until the problem clears and purchase make-up products that say 'non-comedogenic' and 'non-clogging' on the label, particularly when purchasing foundation. This should decrease your chances of getting make-up induced acne or aggravating existing problems. Lower quality products tend to have more of an adverse effect than the higher quality, but therefore higher priced makes.

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