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Causes of Acne

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Hormonal changes are the leading cause of acne and can occur during teenage years, menstrual cycles or stress.

Read on to discover more about the lesser known causes of acne.

There are many types of acne, including whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, and cysts.

Acne can present as occasional mild breakouts, or severe, painful chronic acne. Get access to effective acne treatment with hub.health.

What causes acne?

Acne is an inflammatory skin condition that is greatly affected by hormonal changes.

Although there are a number of contributing factors that may cause acne, the condition presents when dead skin cells and oil clog hair follicles on the skin. When this process occurs it causes bacteria to multiply and inflame.

By understanding what causes acne, we are able to better manage the condition, through bother preventative medicine and simply lifestyle changes.


Other causes of acne

While we know that hormones play a primary role in causing acne, there are other lifestyle factors that have been known to cause or exacerbate the condition, including:


        • Non-breathable fabric or facewear (such as masks, helmets or hats)
        • Personal or skincare products containing oily substances
        • Picking at acne sores or bumps
        • Oily or greasy working environments
        • Certain medications
        • Genetic factors
        • Diets high in sugar

Although you may not always be able to determine the root cause of your acne, a dermatologist can provide you with a diagnosis as to what type of acne you have developed. By understanding the type of acne, effective treatments can be prescribed to minimise the appearance and reduce symptoms associated with the condition.

Acne Skin Care

In order to minimise your likelihood of developing acne or to prevent further breakouts in the future, you can implement certain behaviours into your everyday life, such as:

      • Wash your face daily
      • Use an oil-free cleanser and moisturiser
      • Always remove makeup thoroughly to avoid clogging pores
      • Limit touching your face to prevent transferring oil

Up to 85% of Australians will develop acne during their lifetime. Regardless of the cause behind your acne diagnosis, there are effective treatments available.


It’s time to look after your health

By understanding the causes of acne, we are able to adjust our skincare routine and find effective solutions to treat all types of acne.

At hub.health, our medical team prescribes dermatologist-developed solutions for the treatment of acne.

Acne FAQs

What is acne?

Acne occurs when dead skin cells and oil clog hair follicles on the skin, causing bacteria to multiply and inflame. There are many types of acne, including whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, and cysts. Acne can present as occasional mild breakouts, or severe, painful chronic acne.

What kind of acne treatments are available?

Our hub.health dermatologists have extensive knowledge and experience in prescribing acne treatments. They only use ingredients they know and trust. These include prescription retinoids, hyaluronic acid, topical antibiotics, niacinamide, and azelaic acid.

What treatment is right for me?

The best acne treatment for you is dependent on your skin type, skin concerns, and the root cause of your acne. Mild or occasional breakouts can often be treated with over-the-counter pharmacy products. Recurring mild to moderate acne may require a prescription topical treatment, such as topical antibiotics or retinoids. Treatment for severe acne may require oral antibiotics or retinoids. Skin that is sensitive or prone to conditions like eczema or rosacea will require extra caution.

Your assigned hub.health clinician will work with you to determine the best acne treatment for your specific skin type and concerns.

Can I speak with my assigned clinician at any time?

Of course! Our online platform enables ongoing support whenever you need it. To chat with your medical team, log into your profile, head to the ‘Products’ tab and select ‘Manage Treatment’. This is where you can message your clinician.

Our team is also available at [email protected] Drop us a line, anytime.

Acne Causes

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