What causes acne?
Until quite recently, many things were blamed for acne
- chocolate and fatty foods, in particular. Now it’s believed that acne has no single cause, but that for many people, hormones are at fault, and stress plays a part in how those hormones act and react.
If you’ve seen TV shows in which the heroine always gets a “zit” before the prom, or have experienced something similar yourself a big pimple or two before a dance or exam – it’s because of stress. It may be positive stress (a holiday) or negative (that big test) but the result is the same.
Another cause can be pressure – pimples on your chin from leaning your chin on your hand, on your shoulder or back from a tight bra strap, across the forehead from a cap, or even across the cheek from too much telephone use.