The tendency to develop
acne runs in families. You are more likely to develop
severe acne if your parents had severe acne.
The risk of
developing acne is highest during the teen and young adult years. These are the
years when hormones such as
testosterone are increasing. Women who are at the age
menstruation also are more likely to develop acne.
Many women have acne flare-ups in the days just before their menstrual
Wearing straps or other tight-fitting items
that rub against the skin (such as a football player wearing shoulder pads), as
well as using equipment that rubs against the body (such as a violin held
between the cheek and shoulder). Helmets, bra straps, headbands, and turtleneck
sweaters also may cause acne to get worse.
Using skin and hair care
products that contain
Washing the face
too often or scrubbing the face too hard. Using harsh soaps or very hot water
can also cause acne to get worse.
Experiencing a lot of
Touching the face a lot.
Having hair hanging in the face, which can cause the skin to