Acne -What’s Causing It

Beyond just a standard breakout, acne has a much longer lasting impact on both your skin and your confidence. The core cause of acne is when the small hair follicles we have all over our skin become blocked with either oil or dead skin cells. There are 6 main types of acne you will see:

Acne Face Mapping can help you identify likely causes of your acne:

Forehead: Unhealthy Eating & Stress
Are pimples popping up on your forehead? Unhealthy eating and stress are probable offenders. In face mapping, your forehead is linked to your digestive and nervous systems, making it susceptible to diet- and stress-related breakouts.

Hairline: Beauty Product Buildup
Known as “pomade acne,” breakouts along the hairline are often due to beauty product buildup. The oils and chemicals in shampoo and makeup residue can accumulate on the skin’s surface, sinking into and clogging pores.

Cheeks: Cell Phone and Pillowcase Acne
Wipe down your cell phone daily and wash your pillowcase every 2-3 days

Chin & Jaw: Hormones
Eat less sugar. Try eliminating dairy. Add probiotics to your diet and greens.

Also, interesting fact about acne, scroll down to see at what age acne goes away on it’s own.

Interesting Fact: Acne usually goes away on it’s own at around age 20.

Acne commonly starts during puberty between the ages of 10 and 13 and tends to be worse in people with oily skin. Teenage acne usually lasts for five to 10 years, normally going away during the early 20s. It occurs in both sexes, although teenage boys tend to have the most severe cases.

Other causes of acne:

Hair Styling products can gunk up pores and cause breakouts.  Try to keep hair products off of your face when styling your hair.  Make-up, make-up removers, moisturizers and other products that contain mineral oil can clog pores and cause breakouts. Check the label to know for sure.


One of the most effective ways to get rid of acne is to do regular chemical peels. One of the most mild and best to start with is a Jessner peel, then work up to a TCA or Mandelic Acid peel. I would start getting the peels at a spa and then to save money, buy the chemical peels and learn to do them at home. When you do the peels at home they are very cheap, but VERY effective at getting rid of ACNE quickly.