What your break-outs are trying to tell you!

As you transition from child to teen to adult, puberty will trigger the movement of new chemicals in your body. Depending upon whether you’re a guy or girl, these hormones will go to work on different parts of the body, and of course, impact your skin.

Sebaceous (oil) gland activity is stimulated by androgen hormones. These hormones act like a switch and increase oil production and hair growth, and are responsible for the triggers that lead to oily skin and breakouts.

Why does my skin break out?

Breaking out (getting pimples) is a completely normal part of growing up. Our bodies contain a hormone called androgen, which becomes more pronounced during adolescence, and makes oil glands grow and produce more sebum (a.k.a. oil). That excess oil can mix with skin cells and clump together, forming a plug that gets infected with bacteria, swells and becomes a zit.

Why is my skin oily?

Oily skin can be explained with a simple equation. One part overactive sebaceous (oil) glands + one part overactive hormones = a 24-hour non-stop formula for oil-loaded pores! If that oil doesn’t mix with skin cells to become a breakout, then it spills out onto your skin’s surface and creates that greasy look.

Why do I have acne on my back?

You’re not alone! Back acne or “Backne” is very common among teens and young adults – especially in boys. Athletic clothing which may trap sweat and dead skin cells (such as abrasive gear like football shoulder pads) and a general over-secretion of the oil glands in this area can cause breakouts.


Remember the golden rule of skincare…

Looking after your complexion now means you’ll be rewarded with life-long good skin. A consistent routine, using the medicated-yet-gentle formulas in Clear Start, will give you fabulous results. Be kind and patient with your acne, then watch those compliments roll in!