Being acne prone refers to people who have a predisposition to getting acne on any or all parts of their body. A predisposition to acne does not necessarily mean a person will have a severe acne problem, nor does it mean they will get acne at all. Acne prone simply means someone has a higher chance of getting acne, and if a regular skin care cleansing routine is not implemented (at the very least), then they have a much higher chance of getting acne.

There are different reasons someone can be acne prone, which are described below:

Genetics: Medical research has shown that genetics play a role in some acne prone cases. Doctors have found that when a person’s parents and grand parents have acne, the chances they will have acne is much higher than a person who’s parents grand parents do not have acne. This means that acne problems can be hereditary. The specific genome that facilitates acne as a hereditary condition has not yet been isolated.

Environment: Research has also shown that environment plays a small role in acne development. For example, people who live in heavily polluted areas, more specifically areas with large volumes of suspended particulate in the air, can have a higher chance of getting acne simply due their environment. It has been suggested that people who live close to industrial sectors with heavy pollution, and who do not practice regular cleansing routines and hygiene, have a higher risk of acne, thus making them acne prone.

Hormones: Obviously hormones play a large part in the onset of acne problems. Acne prone does not always relate to environment or genetics. The fact that teenagers and pregnant women have an excess of hormones, means that their sebaceous glands may be stimulated into overproducing sebum, which in turn increases the risk of acne. Therefore, it can be generally stated that people who are in their teens, pregnant or going through menopause are temporarily acne prone.

Skin Type: It seems that some skin types are more prone to acne breakouts than others. Pigment plays a large role in the skin’s ability to ward off acne. Statistics show that people with fair skin usually suffer from acne more than those with dark skin. Further, the condition acne rosacea, which causes red patches on the skin, enlarged nose and sometimes reddish eyes, only seems to affect people with very fair skin, usually of Scottish descent.
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Are You Acne Prone?

To summarize, if your parents and grandparents both have acne, or both had bouts of acne when they were teenagers, you have a higher chance of experiencing the same symptoms or acne problems. The same rings true if you are of Scottish/English descent and members of your family suffer or have suffered from acne rosacea. If you live near industrialized zones, the chemicals and particles in the air may cause the development of acne.

What Can I Do If I’m Acne Prone?

It can’t be stressed enough that being acne prone does not necessarily mean you will get acne, or that there is no viable acne solution for you, it simply means you are prone to get it. Knowing that you are prone to acne ahead of time can help you prepare by implemented regular cleansing routines before the acne has a chance to start growing. Further, if you are acne prone and have acne already, it is not a reason to ‘stop’ treatment and give up. Many people who are acne prone can use treatment methods to significantly control their acne and keep their condition unnoticeable.