All About The Skin

What Can Cause A Skin Type You Don’t Want

Almost anything can influence your skin type – both external and internal elements can and do influence the way your skin looks and feels. To evaluate your skin type, consider some of the factors below.


During the average menstrual cycle skin experiences different periods of dryness and oiliness. Your skin will be the most problematic during your period and a couple of days prior to it. This is when you can expect period-related pimples, spotting, and acne. All this happens due to the buildup of sebum underneath the surface, causing the appearance of oily skin.

Genetic predisposition

Some families may have a hereditary tendency to overproduce dead skin cells, which may lead to more clogged pores, which can cause acne. Or, a family line may have a genetic tendency to overproduce sebum, leading to oily skin that can trap bacteria in pores, resulting in more frequent breakouts. Additionally, as some types of breakouts are hormonal, you may be genetically predisposed to producing excess androgen.

Smoking and secondhand smoke

Cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide, which displaces the oxygen in your skin, and nicotine, which reduces blood flow, leaving skin dry and discolored. Cigarette smoking also depletes many nutrients, including vitamin C, which helps protect and repair skin damage. As a result, skin begins to sag and wrinkle prematurely because of smoking. 


Many drugs can affect your skin. For example, prescription antidepressants, especially the popular class of medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), can cause a wide variety of adverse skin reactions, including bruising. Acne medications and certain antibiotics may make you sensitive to sunlight. Marijuana can cause reynaud’s phenomenon, a condition in which blood flow to the fingers, toes, ears, and nose is impaired. This impaired blood flow causes those areas to become white, then blue in color. 


Stress causes a chemical response in your body that makes skin more sensitive and reactive. It can also make it harder for skin problems to heal. Have you ever noticed that you break out more when you’re stressed? This is because stress causes your body to make hormones like cortisol, which tells glands in your skin to make more oil. Oily skin is more prone to acne and other skin problems.

Others factors including diet, your skin-care routine. unprotected or prolonged sun exposure, pollution and climate and other skin disorders can and do influence the way your skin looks and feels.  However, keeping in mind that it is possible your skin is simply reacting to influences that are easily isolated and treated – meaning they are within your control to change. 

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