Health Tip: What's Triggering My Acne?

Common causes in women

(HealthDay News) -- Acne occurs when skin lesions -- commonly called pimples -- develop because the skin's oil glands overproduce and clog the skin's pores.

But what brings about an actual breakout? The National Women's Health Information Center offers this list of common triggers in women:

  • Undergoing hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, menopause or puberty.
  • Taking certain medications, including some antidepressants and some anti-epileptic drugs.
  • Wearing makeup.
  • Applying pressure to the skin, such as when a tight hat or helmet is worn.
  • Having a family history of acne.
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