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What Causes Acne? Why Am I Breaking Out?What Causes Acne? Why Am I Breaking Out?

Olay’s Acne 101

What causes breakouts? In some cases, the culprit can be simple: a pillowcase that could use a fresh wash, the habit of touching your face a lot, or even holding a phone up against the same cheek for all your calls. But for some skin, persistent breakouts are the result of a disorder known as acne. So what’s going on beneath the surface? There are four factors that individually, or in combination, can cause breakouts: excess oil, clogged pores, bacteria, and inflammation. In general, the issue begins when skin doesn’t shed its outer layer of cells
normally—either an excessive amount are shed, or they aren’t shed completely. These cells can accumulate and clog the openings of your pores, and that can make it much harder for skin’s natural oil to flow out and reach the surface. As hormone levels shift—which can happen for a variety of reasons like illness, pregnancy, menopause, changes in medication, or even stress—skin produces even more oil than normal. This excess oil becomes trapped in pores and bacteria levels can rise. The clogged pores start to swell, often leading to inflammation in the surrounding tissue. And that means redness, pain, and tenderness—the irritation we see when looking in the mirror.
A new breakout can appear nearby, or even in the same spot as the one that just healed. So the trick is to treat existing breakouts and prevent new ones at the same time. You can do this—and achieve consistently clear skin—with a regimen of products that are used daily. Just remember, it’s important to use them even when there are no visible signs of breakouts.