What causes my skin to get pimples and clogged pores? What can I do to clear up my skin?

Surprisingly, acne is the #1 skin condition in the United States, which means it is extremely common.  It is so common, in fact, that approximately 80% of people in America experience acne at some point in their lifetime from birth to post-menopause.  

Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all acne cure.  However, knowing what to avoid and what to incorporate into your lifestyle can help lead you to the clear complexion you desire.

Here are just 5 hidden causes of acne:

#1  Hormones - reproductive and stress hormones can contribute to many skin issues, acne in particular.  Progesterone, cortisol, and other hormones when in excess or imbalanced can cause breakouts, typically seen on the jaw area, chest, and/or back.  Medication management may be necessary for hormone-induced acne to bring balance to any underlying internal conditions.

#2  Excess Oil - When the skin produces lots of oil, which is naturally sticky on the skin, it can block the pores causing whiteheads and blackheads.  If the follicle ruptures, pimples occur. Using an oil-absorbing or oil-control product can be very beneficial for oily, combination, and acne-prone skin types.

#3  Bacteria - Unclean makeup brushes, contaminated makeup, dirty hands, phones, and pillow cases are very common culprits in causing acne breakouts.  Bacteria, basically, has a little fiesta down in your pores until the pore becomes inflamed in order to shut the party down.  Sleeping in makeup is also a no-no.  It is a breeding ground for all the daily dirt and grime to join in the pimple party.

#4  Dead Skin Build Up - Skin not only covers the surface, but it also lines each and every individual pore.  When dead skin blocks the pores, oil produced down in the pore's sebaceous glands can not leave the pore.  It instead gets backed up resulting in acne.

#5  Genetics - Yep, thanks mom and dad!  Acne that is inherited typically appears on the lower portion of the face, mainly the lower cheek area.  We can't pick our genes, but if the acne is so severe that it leaves deep scars, an oral medication like Accutane can work like a miracle.

Acne is very treatable.  However, it doesn't happen overnight and neither will clear skin.  I have experienced pretty bad adult acne myself.  It was embarrassing, frustrating, and  sometimes painful.  It all started when I began to wear makeup.  Then it was almost as if I couldn't stop wearing makeup, because I wanted to cover the acne and dark spots the acne left behind.  ALL of my pores were clogged and I didn't think my skin could ever be clear.


I finally went to see a Dermatologist who introduced me to his Esthetician.  Through my dedication of a little effort, a lot of patience, and some money, eventually I was able to achieve healthier-looking skin.  I should mention that it wasn't until I actually became an Esthetician myself that my skin truly improved.  

I learned that all acne is not created equal, therefore can not be treated the same.  I also learned that even acne treatment products can cause more acne!  I have tried hundreds of different brands, researched, and tested them for myself.  With this knowledge, I am thrilled to be able to assist people in attaining and maintaining skin they can be proud to show off.  And I am so happy to be able to pass the information I've learned over the last 10 years on to you.  Check out the list of acne-aggravating ingredients here.  If utilized, I'm sure, it can help to start to improve your skin as it has for many others.