What it is:
Forget the myth that acne is simply skin’s reaction to fast food or chocolate. And it’s not just an issue for teens, either—adults get acne, too. Genetics, hormones, stress and the environment all contribute to breakouts. Some common triggers:
• Surging hormones and birth control pills high in progestins.
• From school and job pressures to social and emotional anxiety—stress causes the adrenal glands to release hormones that in turn boost oil production.
• The strap on a bike helmet, holding the telephone receiver against your cheek, even cupping your chin in your hand can irritate skin.
• Using cleansers and cosmetics wrong for your skin type can clog pores. Over-moisturizing can
do it, too.
Why it happens:
Excess oil and dead skin cells clog pores and cut off their oxygen supply. Each clogged pore is home to acne-causing agents that love an oxygen-starved environment. The longer a pore is clogged the more these agents multiply, releasing substances that lead to irritation and infection under the skin—pimples.
How to treat them:
Help gently unclog pores with exfoliation while cleansing excess oil and debris from the surface. Clinique’s Acne Solutions Clear Skin System works to clear out the dead skin cells and excess oil that can start trouble by clogging pores. It features a 3-Step System for acne-prone complexions that leaves skin
feeling soft, smooth, comfortable. Plus treatment specialists to address specific concerns.