Knowing Acne

If you’re currently struggling with Acne, know this “YOU’RE NOT ALONE”. There are more than 1.5 million cases of Acne per year in Nigeria. Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting up to 50 million Americans annually. Crazy stats yeah?

What exactly is Acne?

Acne (Acne Vulgaris) is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that causes spots and pimples, especially on the face, shoulders, back, neck, chest, and upper arms.

Acne is largely a hormonal condition that’s driven by androgens which typically occur during teenage and young adult years. Sensitivity to these hormones, combined with surface bacteria on the skin and fatty acids within the oil glands can result in Acne

Acne may appear as :

  • blackheads
  • whiteheads
  • papules
  • pustules
  • nodules
  • cysts

It is possible to have multiple types of Acne. Knowing what type(s) of Acne you have is key to successful treatment.

Does Acne affect only teenagers?

Though it mainly affects teenagers and young adults undergoing hormonal changes, many people continue struggling with acne into their 20s, 30s and beyond. Some even develop acne for the first time as adults.

What Causes Acne?

There are certain things that can cause acne and/or make it worse:

  • Fluctuating hormone levels around the time of a woman’s period ( one of the major causes of my acne ).
  • Stress, which increases the hormone, cortisol, can also cause acne to flare. ( Here’s why you always break out when you’re stressed ).
  • Air pollution ( Screams in NIGERIA 🥲 )and certain weather conditions, especially high humidity.
  • Picking at acne sores. 👀
  • Using oily or greasy personal care products (like heavy lotions, creams or hair pomades and waxes).
  • Some medications e.g Quinine, Isoniazid, steroids, anticonvulsants e.t.c. Recreational drugs like Marijuana and Cocaine can also aggravate Acne.
  • Genetics.

Fun fact : DIRTY SKIN DOES NOT CAUSE ACNE. According to The Mayo Clinic, dirt on the skin plays no part in promoting acne. Acne occurs underneath the skin, inside the pores and hair follicles. The end result, pimples and zits, occur on the outer layer of the skin. So dirt could irritate existing acne on the skin but it does not cause it.

We’ll be talking on Acne Treatments on our next blog post

But before we round up, here are a few questions :

What type of acne do you have? Blackheads? Pustules? Whiteheads? Papule? Cysts? Nodules?

Do you break out when you’re stressed?

Who else thinks living in Nigeria is a risk factor for Acne? 😩

Do you break out when you’re on / around your period? I know I do.

Have you noticed anything peculiar about your acne?

Please drop your lovely comments and don’t forget to like, follow and share ❤️

35 Replies to “Knowing Acne”

  1. I usually have all the types of acne but papules and whiteheads pop up more.
    Stress really does a good job in making them feel at home in my face😅

    I used to have a relatively smooth face during my periods and a rough one after but now it seems the tides has turned. A really “acned” face during my periods and quite manageable afterwards.

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  2. I’m very much loving this acne journey. I didn’t know Acne is the 8th most prevalent disease in the world until today. Thank you 😊. Looking forward to next week!

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  3. Thank you for this, Kindie. It was so informative.

    I have blackheads. I break out when stressed and on my period. It’s usually a terrible time for me. Nigeria and Desmond Elliot are the reasons I have acne. A peculiar thing I’ve noticed about my acne is that the more products I use and the more I try to get rid of them, the more they multiply. The only time my acne comes with a revolving force is when I’m stressed or on my period.

    Thank youuuuu

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    1. Nigeria and Desmond Elliot 😂 I totally agree 😅 That happens to me too, it could be that you’re reacting to the products or the products are trying to purge your acne out first before treating it.

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  4. Oh.. The different types of acne. That’s new knowledge.. I used to have a smooth skin oo.. But recently, be like say the story dey change o.. I was really surprised cuz I’m in my 20’s now.
    Yup, stress makes it worse for me.

    *turned on my notification!

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  5. Loved the post! I break out when I’m stressed and around my period. Nigeria is hot, humid and stressful(that’s good news for the pimples). You asked if I’ve noticed anything peculiar. Here’s what I have to say:
    Hehehe. I’ve got lots of whiteheads and one or two pustules. I noticed that when I use acne products, they don’t work completely. People told me to wait it out, others gave me more recommendations. I noticed sometimes, it got worse, other times it left but it came back again. I asked God ‘Why?’😂 . Well, it turns out, I have ‘fungal acne’. Lots of people aren’t aware of ‘fungal acne’. It’s not regular acne but it looks like it. Like several tiny even sized whiteheads and they are hell of itchy. I’ve dealt with both for God-knows-how-long. With acne, the types of products you can use is somewhat limited, with ‘fungal acne’, it’s cut down even more. So while acne responds to some products, the same products can tamper with the flora of the skin and worsen the ‘fungal acne’.

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  6. We learn everyday and today is definitely one of those everyday. Thanks for this. The few times I had acne I couldn’t really place the trigger but I’d be more attentive now.

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  7. It’s definitely the Black head and a bit of white heads for my type of acne. The worst thing about mine is the itchiness and the rough face feel 🥺. This was so informative and helpful, looking forward to the next blog post! Thank you Acne bloom

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  8. Thsnks for the post 😍I have blackheads. I break out when stressed and around my period. Nigeria is hot, humid and stressful😫

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