Why is my skin breaking out?

You are not alone, and ONCE AGAIN, chalk it up to hormones. In this case, hormones act on your skin to make it produce more oil—what doctors call sebum. Then that oil, along with old skin cells and dirt, can clog your pores, which makes bacteria grow. And that’s what causes a pimple. As Dr. Scott says, “Your body is asking more from you now. It needs you to pay attention to some more areas: your face, your hair, your underarms and your underwear area. They get more oily, and might smell, and your skin can break outl. So you have to take care of those parts of your body more. For many people acne is a very normal part of puberty– and for others it’s not as big of a deal.” Having a routine to keep your skin clean really helps.