A common question that we receive at the Clear Clinic is, “Why Do I have Acne?” Most people feel that if they’re washing their face every night, they should not develop acne. The truth is that the development of acne can occur no matter how diligent you are with your evening cleansing routine. There are many factors that play a role in the development of acne, including androgen hormones, increased sebum production, clogged pores leading to formation of the microcomedone, and genetics. These influencing factors cannot be avoided, so it is important to take the necessary steps to prevent acne formation. Cleansing your face with a gentle cleanser in the evening is important, but it is not the only step in the prevention of acne.
Dr. Schweiger explains that, “It is important to cleanse with a gentle cleanser in the morning and evening. A cleansing brush, such as the Clarisonic, can be helpful to getting a deeper pore cleansing. In addition, it is crucial to address any influencing factors that can lead to the formation of acne. If androgen hormones are contributing to your acne, you can use anti-androgen medications to prevent the formation of acne. Light treatments, such as photodynamic therapy, can decrease excess sebum production. Topical medications, like retinoids, can help regulate skin cell turnover in order to avoid microcomedone formation.” It is important to have your skin evaluated by your dermatologist to determine the factors that are causing your acne. Once you know where to start, addressing acne and preventing acne formation will be much easier.