Stubborn Acne: What’s Causing Your Face to Break Out?

Whether you’re just hitting your adolescent years or you’re well in to your forties, you’ve experienced acne. When I was in high school, I had the hardest time getting rid of my pimples. I tried every type of face wash and nothing seemed to work. Medications and topical creams didn’t make a dent. It was only getting worse. It’s hard when you’re embarrassed of your face because of the zits. Some people are confident enough to push through, but teenage me wasn’t. So, how are you supposed to get rid of stubborn acne? Well, the answer is seemingly simple. We need to get down to the root of the problem. What makes your face break out? What prevents acne from fading? The answers aren’t always clear. However, knowing the cause can help you in the future.

The Challenge with Acne

Like snowflakes, everyone’s body is different. That includes the largest organ of our bodies. Each person’s skin is unique to the other. Someone might have oily skin. However, their sibling might have dry skin. It’s nearly impossible to guarantee that an acne treatment will work. Therefore, it’s important that you are familiar with that characteristics of your face. For example, my face is a combination of oily and dry. Therefore, I need to wash my face and use moisturizer. For you, it could be different. Luckily, there are ways to test your skin type and beauty products that adjust for what you need.

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The Main Causes of Acne

It might take some time to figure out what is causing you to break out. However, these are some of the most common reasons that acne shows up and stays.

Sweat and Debris

It is common knowledge that clogged pores often cause acne. Especially, blackheads. However, you might not be aware when your pores are clogging. Whenever you sweat the water gets stuck in every nook and crevasse of your body. That includes your pores. Therefore, it’s important that you clean your face after you’ve sweated. That could mean washing your face with face wash, using a cleaning wipe, or just using water. Even if you didn’t work out, if you’ve sweated more than usual, then it couldn’t hurt to clear your face. Also, dead skin cells and dirt can get stuck in your pores. Sometimes, your sweat can help the debris to soak into your pores.


The main cause of acne is hormones. That’s why teenagers that are going through puberty are often prone to breakouts. Their hormones are going crazy and fluctuating. If you are a woman who uses birth control, then you’ve probably noticed that you broke out when you started or switched. Birth control effects your hormones. On the other hand, pregnancy causes most people to break out because of how it effects hormones. There’s not much that you can do about this. Therefore, stick to your skin care routine and, if you feel so inclined, use cover up for those noticeable pimples. Acne is more common than you might realize. No one would judge you either way.

Dry Skin

This is a lesser known cause of acne. If you’re prone to dry skin, then you might find that your face has red spots. That’s not just acne, but also skin irritation. If you think that this could be a cause of your acne, then try to use a moisturizer. I’m not talking about a lotion. Lotions that are meant for your body aren’t always safe for your face. Therefore, you should look for face moisturizers. Most are reasonably priced.


In conclusion, acne is a natural part of life. It may take some time for you to learn what works best for your skin. However, practice makes perfect. You will find a reliable way to help you get rid of your acne. Keep trying, I promise that it’ll help. If you've managed your acne and want to get rid of scars, then there are plenty of natural ways to do so! However, if your acne still doesn’t improve, then you should visit a dermatologist.    

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