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Health Tip: Triggers of Acne

- While acne is commonly attributed to poor diet and skin care, this and other types of problem skin are often triggered by factors beyond a person's control.

The U.S. National Women's Health Information Center offers this list of potential risk factors for acne:

  • Hormonal changes caused by puberty.
  • Hormonal changes caused by menopause, menstrual cycles or pregnancy.
  • Some medications, including some used for epilepsy and depression.
  • Wearing makeup.
  • Irritation to the skin caused by friction from hats, helmets or backpacks.
  • A family history of acne.
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Posted: December 2007