Your skin is a living, breathing organ. It's constantly shedding dead cells and producing oil, and has been since you were born. So what's the deal with teenage acne? Your hormones and genetics play a big part (but try not to blame your parents).
Just remember, it's not your fault. And you can fight it.
Why Do I Get It?
One of the most important—and helpful—things you can learn about acne is this:
It can happen to anyone through no fault of their own. And contrary to what you may have heard, acne is not caused by eating chocolate or fried foods. It's also not caused by not washing your face enough or by working out too much. The main culprit is actually a combination of genetic factors at work deep inside your skin—namely, excess oil and excess dead skin cells. Teen acne is so common because active hormones are a primary cause of the excess oil.
But while the causes of acne are complex, you still have the power to control breakouts. It may seem impossible, but even if you're dealing with a face full of pimples, your skin can be as clear as someone who's never experienced acne. You just need information you can trust and an effective medicated skincare regimen.