The common causes of active acne and how to avoid them

Posted on 21 Apr, 2022

Acne is a skin condition that will affect most of us at some point during our lives. Active acne simply refers to the presence of comedones and bumps on the skin. It may be useful to know what the common causes of active acne are, and how you can help avoid them through skincare and treatment. 

What are the main causes of active acne?

The most well-known cause of active acne is excess oil from the sebaceous glands. What this means is that when these glands become blocked, the buildup can lead to pustules and cysts. Most teenagers will experience oily skin during hormonal changes through puberty, but adult acne is also common. A great way to potentially avoid any excess oil buildup is to gently exfoliate your skin twice a week. Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells and excess oil from your face, leaving your skin feeling revitalised. Finding the right exfoliator for you will hopefully show improvement to your acne.  

A common cause of active acne is from certain bacteria on the skin. Whilst bacteria on the face is vital and healthy, it has been found that having too much of a specific type can cause inflammation resulting in painful acne. An advanced and effective way to treat this is through

intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment. Unlike other treatments, IPL sends light energy into the skin to target the acne causing bacteria right at the source. The surrounding tissue is not affected, making for a speedy recovery time. 

What is causing my hormonal acne?

If you suffer from hormonal acne, you may be familiar with the word androgens. Androgens are sex hormones such as testosterone that can sometimes cause the sebaceous glands to go into overdrive. This means that when there is a rise in testosterone, which happens during the menstrual cycle, the possibility of acne increases. However, this can be managed through several treatment options. One of the most important things to do when you have active hormonal acne is to wash your face with a good cleanser twice a day, apply sunscreen daily, and use the best acne product for you. 

Contact the Laser Treatment Clinic for Expert Advice

If you’re suffering with active acne and your skin needs some TLC, contact us to book a consultation where our specialist skin experts can provide you with the information you need. You could also browse our range of expert skincare products to find the right match for you.