No Exfoliating Does Not Cause Acne
Our acne clinic treats patients looking to improve their skin and reduce acne symptoms. Many have tried at home treatments for their acne without success. Often these patients will ask us, does exfoliating cause acne? Though exfoliating will not cause acne, over exfoliation could contribute to acne symptoms. It is always important to consult a professional when treating acne to ensure you are treating your acne in an effective way for your skin.
What Causes Acne?
Acne is not caused by exfoliating. Instead it is caused when the hair follicles on our skin become clogged. This takes place when either dead skin cells or oil enter the hair follicles. Exfoliating can be helpful as part of an acne treatment regimen. When done correctly exfoliation can help to remove oil and dead skin before it clogs the hair follicles. But when overused exfoliation can remove too much oil from the skin and disrupt the skin’s natural barrier making clogging easier.
There are many other factors that can affect acne production. Hormonal changes such as puberty or pregnancy along with stress, medication and sometimes diet can all contribute to acne symptoms. It is important to understand the big picture regarding your own acne symptoms. Consider speaking with a professional at our acne clinic if you are struggling to treat acne on your own.
Acne is stubborn and often resistant to do it yourself treatments. If you are struggling with acne you don’t have to do it alone. The experts at our acne clinic are here to help you develop an acne treatment plan that suits your skin’s needs.
What Else Causes Acne?
For more information on what other things can potentially casue acne, please visit our "what causes acne" resource centre.