What increases my risk for severe acne?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
While this is not widely understood, the current belief is that a risk factor for severe acne could be early onset of mild to moderate acne that goes untreated.
Being a teenager increases your risk for any type of acne. That is because your glands secrete more oil during the teenage years. Some women find they have more active oil glands, and more acne, in the few days before they menstruate each month, or when they are pregnant. Certain medications, such as corticosteroids or anabolic steroids, may also cause your glands to produce more oil, so taking these may also increase your risk of acne. Products that clog pores, like some cosmetics, may worsen acne. There may also be a genetic factor at work. If your parents had acne, you are more likely too as well.

Continue Learning about Acne

Avoiding Adult Acne
Avoiding Adult Acne
Won't they ever go away? As an adult, you expect pimples to be a thing of the past. But for many adults, blemishes continue to mar otherwise healthy s...
Read More
How common is severe acne among teenagers?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MDDr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Few youths escape their teen years without a pimple or two, but only a small number develop seve...
More Answers
6 Weird Facts About Acne
6 Weird Facts About Acne6 Weird Facts About Acne6 Weird Facts About Acne6 Weird Facts About Acne
Discover bizarre truths about acne and learn how to fight a bad breakout.
Start Slideshow
How Do I Treat Blackheads?
How Do I Treat Blackheads?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.