Imbalance in the Hormones – The Most Common Cause of Acne

behealthy June 12, 2012 0
Imbalance in the Hormones – The Most Common Cause of Acne

Acne can be one of the worst things for people to have to deal with; it affects a huge number of people and can lead to all sorts of confidence issues and, of course, further skin problems if it is not dealt with properly.

Very often acne can be referred to as other forms of skin problems; these are blackheads and white heads, pustules and pimples. When acne strikes it can leave the individual with severe confidence issues and in some extreme cases it is said that acne can lead to suicide; such is the strength of the negativity that it can produce.

Why Does Acne Occur?

acne vulgarisResearchers have many different views on why exactly acne occurs, sometimes it is thought that it can be down to dietary elements, or genes; in fact any one of a huge number of differing reasons are very often cited for the bringing on of acne.

One thing that the scientists all tend to agree on though is that it is an imbalance in the hormones that tends to be one of the most common reasons for acne to occur.

What Makes the Hormonal Imbalance Occur?

There can simply be a multitude of different reasons as to why the human body can suffer from a hormonal imbalance of some kind, very often the key factors involved will be an oversupply of estrogon or an under supply of progesterone.

The most common causes for either of these two outcomes are:

  • Stress
  • Birth control pills
  • Over use of non-organic products
  • Over usage of some cosmetics
  • Genetics
  • Pregnancy
  • Tumours
  • Obesity

From all of the above factors it is believed that obesity is the number one cause of hormonal imbalance, pregnancy is thought to be the number lifestyle change that can lead to a hormonal imbalance.

When someone is said to be suffering from hormonal imbalance it simply means that the body is unable to control the chemical messengers that regulate the body’s systems, as they should. The affects, should they be left untreated can lead to very serious consequences in later life. Depending on the circumstances of the hormonal imbalance it can lead to the onset of diabetes and other serious conditions.

Different Groups of People Affected by Hormonal Imbalances

Very often the main ‘at risk’ categories for developing an acne hormonal imbalance are as follows:

  • Teenagers
  • Pregnant women
  • Sportsmen and women who use steroids

pop acne pimpleThe teenagers will see so many different changes in their bodies as they go through the stage of developing from children into adults, statistics suggest that nearly 80 per cent of all teenagers will suffer from acne in one degree or another. Children who had parents that suffered from acne are at an even higher risk of having to deal with this skin issue.

When it comes to pregnancy, as talked about earlier; acne thrives on the massive amount of hormone changes that go on in a woman’s body. These changes affect every single female in differing ways, so there is no way of knowing in advance of the likelihood of having to deal with outbreaks of acne whilst being pregnant. The hormones that are called androgens are produced in higher levels during this time, which as a result will often prompt the sebaceous glands in the skin to enlarge; the knock on effect is that sebum is then produced. It is perhaps worth understanding that even if an individual was lucky enough not to have had to deal with acne during their teenage years it does not mean that they are guaranteed to be able to avoid acne during pregnancy.

The last group of people that are often targeted by this acne hormonal imbalance are steroid users; this very often can be a professional sports person. The way in which the acne can occur for steroid users is very similar to how it affects teenagers, with the body going on to  create an oversupply of the male sex hormones, already referred to as androgens. These androgens will produce additional quantities of sebum, which is created from the sebaceous glands. The oily deposits then ‘break out’ onto the skin area and are collectively referred to as acne.

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