Top 5 Breakout Culprits

October 20th, 2015 | Acne, Nutrition and Health, Self Improvement

Wondering why you are breaking out like crazy these days, or maybe its been a recurring problem for you most of your life. You may not even care what’s causing it, just as long as it stops- but knowing the cause for your breakouts may be the key. In some circumstances, it’s not just a miracle product that can solve your acne problem, it may be do to lifestyle as well. We’ve rounded up the top 5 usual suspects of acne, so you will know what to look for and what changes to make.

Culprit# 1 Touching Your Face

Stop touching your face! I mean, not just with your hands, but with every extension of your self! Bacteria can be transferred from anything onto your face. This means, the germs from your phone, hair, desk, pillow, anything that comes into contact with your face has the potential for kicking off a breakout. So the next time, you are tempted to rest your head on that desk and fall asleep in class, think twice!

Don’t pick at your skin, or try to pop any pimples. This may spread your current acne.

Keep your phone and other surfaces that may come in contact with your face free of bacteria with surface cleaning wipes.

Wash your pillowcases and bedsheets at least once a week, and stray away from using heavily scented detergents, as this may also irritate skin.

Don’t let your hair slip onto your face. Keep it short or tied back with hair accessories.

Culprit# 2 Products

You may think you are helping your skin by using an array of high potent, heavy duty products, but you are actually doing more harm than good in many cases. Skin varies in sensitivity, but and it can handle only so much before it reacts. Keep reactions to a minimum by sticking with a regime that is simple and gentle. The products used in your hair and detergents used for clothing and sheets may also be causing your breakouts.

Use products that are more natural or free of heavy synthetic perfumes.

Look for oil-free, or noncomedogenic products.

Culprit #3 Weather

Changes in weather can confuse your skin and knock it off balance. This imbalance can lead to over oil production and clogged pores. Assess the weather and use products accordingly.

In warmer, more humid weather, keep pores free of congestion by using a non comedogenic, lightweight moisturizer.

Protect your skin from the drying effects of windy or cold climates by using a non comedogenic, cream-based moisturizer.

Culprit #4 Stress

Stress cannot directly cause your acne, but it will make it worse. Oil producing cells are able to recognize stress hormones, so when your body is stressed, those cells produce more oil, which may lead to clogged pores and breakouts.

Take quick breaks throughout your day to help relax and refocus your mind.

Practice deep breathing when you feel overwhelmed.

Culprit #5 Diet

It’s a myth that junk food causes acne, but that doesn’t mean you should go crazy eating whatever your heart desires. Eating sugar, speeds up your oil production, putting you at a greater risk for clogged pores.

Eat more greens. Instead of ordering a side of french fries, order a crispy salad.

Replace sugary snacks with a piece of fresh fruit, like an apple or an orange.

Quit soda. Stick with water and seltzer.

When you are suffering through breakouts, it may feel like a life sentence. Learn to recognize and put away the top culprits of your acne and be on your way to fresh skin freedom.

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