What increases my risk for acne?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Beyond hormonal changes and the connection to some medications, there are other factors that could contribute to the development of acne. Directly applying oily substances, such as some cosmetics, can lead to acne. Further, heredity can also play a role in who gets acne and who doesn't.

Any changes in hormone levels increase the risk for acne, which is why acne is most common among teenagers going through puberty. Other things that affect hormone levels, including pregnancy and steroid use, often increase the risk for acne, too. Using certain cosmetics may clog pores and increase the chances of developing acne. But, contrary to popular myths, greasy foods don't increase the risk for acne.

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