Know the Root Cause & Say Goodbye to Pimples

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Know the Root Cause & Say Goodbye to Pimples

Pimples or acne breakouts are the most common of all skin problems. Most people regardless of gender suffer from acne breakouts. This causes a severe lack of confidence as it directly affects your appearance.

What are the Main Causes of Pimples?

Before looking into the main causes that cause breakouts on your skin, we will look into what acne or pimples are. A pimple is formed when the pores in the skin are blocked. The major culprits in blocking or clogging the skin pores are oil, dead skin and bacteria. These factors form a lump and press against the skin of the concerned area. As a natural defense mechanism, the body responds and produces inflammation or redness to combat and remove this. The result is a pimple or acne breakout.  Read on to understand the different causes of acne breakouts:

Hormonal Imbalance 

Hormonal imbalance is a major cause of pimple breakouts. If there is any hormonal imbalance in your body, the glands produce excess secretions. This is not going to help the skin regulate the production of secretions. Sebum produced by the Sebaceous glands in the skin gets secreted at larger rates. This, in turn, leads to acne formation. Most teenagers attaining puberty suffer from such problems. Anyone suffering from an imbalance in hormone production has to take special care of their skin. The skincare routine should be made mandatory in such cases.


Genetics has a major role in determining your skin type, texture, and other body characteristics. It has been studied and seen that acne breakouts can also be related to your genes. This gene may be transferred from the older generations to the next one. The genetic role in pimple production is something that has to be handled carefully. Follow a clean health routine combined with adequate exercise and clean eating. Avoid all external factors that are likely to cause pimples. As you are in a category that is prone to acne production, take extra care of your skin. Maintain a regular skincare routine and consult the dermatologist in case of any concerns.


The natural microbes found in the skin are not a cause of worry. However, you have to realize that there are some species of bacteria and other microbes that cause skin infections which will need medication. The Propionibacteria is one such species that is a major cause of concern to our skincare. They are capable of causing pimples, acne and several other skin disorders. These bacteria thrive when the skin has excess oil and also in conditions where dead skin cells are found in plenty.

If the pores in your skin are clogged, again the harmful bacteria work their way towards such pores. They cause infections and as a result, inflammations occur. 

Medications with Benzoyl Peroxide is a remedy to go deep into the skin and remove such harmful bacterial infections. Always consult a skin doctor before undergoing any self-medication. It is always safer to talk to your dermatologist and take proper treatment. What works for one person may not be right for another person as skin types vary.

Dead Skin Cells 

If you have skin that is prone to acne or pimple breakouts, a major issue you will experience is the presence of dead skin cells. This may cause dryness and also dullness of skin. Flakes may appear which look like dandruff in hair. Your skin can start looking dull and uneven. The cells will not flatten out with continuous acne breakouts. Try to use an exfoliating scrub that gently brushes away the dead skin cells. Moisturize your skin regularly to prevent dryness and build-up of dead cells. Check out the article, to understand about different treatments to prevent acne.  It is good to know how to deal with skin problems and take steps that prevent it from recurring.

Clogged Pores 

As we have seen earlier, the most common cause of pimple formation is due to clogged pores. The human body produces many secretions. The skin has sebaceous glands where sebum is produced. When this is produced in high doses, the skin openings otherwise known as pores become blocked. Sebum is quite sticky and also acts as a natural moisturizer. However, when large amounts are produced and it starts clogging the pores, the sticky nature causes it to collect substances like dead skin, dust, debris, bacteria, excess oil, etc. Most of the time, this also leads to an outbreak of blackheads, whiteheads, pustules, and other skin infections. 

Try using an acne removal soap or a medicated face wash which contains Salicylic acid to prevent such issues. 

Oily Skin 

The human skin has many layers and is an extremely efficient organ in the body. The oil glands present in the skin keep it moisturized and protected at all times. In some people, the sebum secreted from these oil glands is produced in excess. This gives an oily appearance to the skin.  Hormone imbalance is a major factor for excess sebum production. This happens most commonly in teenagers who undergo several hormonal changes as they grow up.

The sebum gets mixed with bacteria, dead skin cells, and many other extraneous substances which ultimately leads to clogging the skin pores.

Maintaining a healthy diet, keeping your oil /fat consumption under control, avoiding refined sugar, taking proper medication, etc are some of the methods to regulate sebum production. Other reasons lead to acne or pimple production. They have been listed below:

  • Stress and lack of sleep 
  • Disease conditions like tuberculosis
  • Use of steroids 
  • Unhygienic conditions in common areas like the gym, public entertainment places, etc
  • Medication after major surgeries, transplants, etc 
  • Use of mental health medication
  • Regular use of contraceptives 

From the above, it is easy to see that controlling pimples is quite a tough job. Several factors trigger the formation of acne or pimples. Hormonal imbalance and clogging of pores are the two major causes.  So follow a healthy diet, maintain a routine for skincare and visit your dermatologist in case you need professional help.


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