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What increases my risk for severe acne?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
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.
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.

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