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What can make acne worse?

Stress, diet, medications and change in hormone levels can play a role in our health, which can also cause an acne breakout to worsen. Secondly, different skin types react differently to products applied to the face -- another way to make acne worse. Finally, not having a skin care regimen to help balance the oils and calm down inflammation can also exacerbate acne.
In women, birth control pills can either aggravate or improve acne. This probably depends on your response to progestin, one of the hormones used in many birth control pills. Greasy hair and skin products, perspiration, headbands and other things that can plug up pores make acne worse. Stress may trigger acne flare-ups. Squeezing pimples can make acne worse and more likely to leave scars.

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